At Peace

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Max Reger literally worked himself to death. Born on this day in Germany in 1873, he was prolific, writing more than a thousand compositions. He was described as “most important innovator of Protestant church music” during the early years of the 20th century.

He lived during a time of massive upheaval. The old order was passing away and new developments were everywhere. It was a time a revolution in music, and Reger absorbed many new ideas, while remaining rooted in conservative ways. One scholar called him the last unacknowledged “great composer of the past.”

A man of extremes, his music could be beautiful but more often was characterized by a thickness that puzzled some listeners. In fact, it became known for its complexity. An organist summed up the view of many that “there’s often more black ink than white space on the page,” reflecting the sheer number of notes in his many compositions.

Even facing declining health, Reger continued a relentless schedule, once writing, “I have often toiled, drunk, and smoked more than is normal and I will be exhausted earlier than normal.” Reger died when only 43. Even in death he seemed fully engaged, still wearing glasses, a newspaper in his hand.

How many people go through life, always working? Always worried. Perpetually insecure. Never at peace. Always filled with stress.

In your life, remember that God Himself rested on the seventh day. That Jesus taught that we are not to be filled with worry. That we need to learn to have confidence in God. To seek first His Kingdom and trust Him to provide all we need.