After a lengthy bout with despair, severe depression, and suicide attempts, writer and poet William Cowper (1731-1800) discovered comfort in the character of God. Specifically he found strength in the truth of God’s providence. Wayne Grudem defines God’s providence as follows:
God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes.
Cowper, in reflecting on this glorious attribute of God, was led to write “Shining out of Darkness.” Perhaps you recognize the lyrics.
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
I needed to read this today … maybe you did too … rest in His wonderful providence.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
See You Sunday,