Do Not Look Back-Peter Ridemann

Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 467

God lives with those that trust him. He likes to be among them so they may spend their free time with him, paying no attention to anyone else, and finding security in his love.

Would you like to take part in this too? Bravely seize love! Dare to die with Christ. Do not let your possessions, your money, your wife, your children, or anything else hold you back.

Give everything up. Surrender yourself to his will. Give your life to him and let him do with it what he wants, from this point onward. Do not worry what will happen to you but find your peace in him. He will take care of it all.

Your time and goal already stand fixed. No matter how the godless may rage against you, they can do nothing to change that. Only make sure you stand fast and they will not pull so much as a hair from your head, unless God allows it.

Just wait! God will lead you through the sea on dry land, while Pharaoh and his hosts drown behind you.

Anyone that hurts God’s chosen ones will pay for it seven times over. For spilling the blood of the innocent, God will destroy them. But those that do right receive their due reward.

Let us go on with joy, not looking back like Lot’s wife!

Let us not complain in the wilderness like the children of Israel, or take the plough in our hands and look back. Though all may despise us, let us press on! Let us count our suffering as joy until the eternal Kingdom is ours!

We know God loves and helps us. He showed his love for us in sending Christ. Let us not forget this, but love one another in turn. With love in our hearts we will never grow cold. Loving God, our names appear with Christ in his book of life. And made fellow citizens with Christ, we will step into his community, into the Father’s Kingdom, forever. 

Peter Ridemann, 1506-1556, Hirschberg, Schlesien, Germany

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