The year was 1835, one hundred years before I was born. Charlotte Elliott, suffered an illness that caused her to be disabled. Despondent, lonely, and feeling helpless, she began to write out the reasons why she should trust the Lord when she was physical handicapped for good. That list which was extensive, was the start of Just As I Am.
As she penned the words, she realized all of her flaws, doubts, fears, and together with all of those negatives, she could not help believing that God loved her and accepted her just as she was.
We find ourselves poor, wretched, blind, helpless but in and through it all, when coming simply to the Lord, AS WE ARE, we are lifted up and find our wretchedness clearly covered by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ninety-nine years after Elliott wrote Just As I Am, a farm boy walked the aisle while Almost Persuaded was sung: Billy Graham.
An 18 year old, later, accepted Christ as Just As I Am was sung during an evangelistic meeting: George Beverly Shea.
It is never the music – it is never the song – it is never the tempo – that saves. It is the promise of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. The love of God does not change to a beat. It is solid. It is consistent. It is heavy in the Truth. It is always a no-two-ways-about-it affair. It is the nudge of the Holy Spirit as we yield in acceptance of what Jesus Christ our Lord did for us in one big sweep over two thousand years ago: living…dying…rising again ~~ and the promise that He WILL be back again for all who have accepted the free Gift of Eternal Life through belief in Him and Him alone.
Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, tho’ tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings within and fears without, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind, yea, all I need in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve, because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, Thy love unknown hath broken every barrier down; Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Words: Charlotte Elliott 1789-1871 Music: William B. Bradbury 1816-1868
Still….In His Hands. Marge H.