We’ve been in a waiting and testing period concerning our move to Virginia. Through it all, God has been helping us learn to trust Him and have joy even when it seems like He’s not doing anything. It has been hard, and we’ve had many temptations to doubt Him. This testing came to a peak this past week, and then God gave us some sight for our faith! I know there will be more faith stretching ahead, but also know that God is faithful.
Our pastors have been preaching a sermon series on the book of Ruth, and have been talking about God’s sovereignty, His faithfulness, His goodness, etc. They’ve also been talking about what to do when you are at a crossroads, and making those hard decisions. The timing has been God orchestrated. He amazes me.
Yesterday we sang the hymn “God Moves In A Mysterious Way” (the version called “God Moves” by Bob Kauflin with new music and a new chorus–it’s really nice) by William Cowper. I wanted to share some of the words to the original hymn, because they ministered to me very powerfully (they are almost the same in Bob’s version, he just changed the words a little to make them more understandable to the modern ear).
God Moves In A Mysterious Way v 3, 4, 5
Ye fearful saints, new courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break with 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. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower. (Bob added: Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan His work in vain. God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.)
(If you would like to hear Bob’s version of this hymn, you can go to Sovereign Grace Ministries, to their songbox section, and can download an MP3 of the song for less than a dollar. It is beautiful. Go to their website, click on Resources, then click on Music, then click on Songbox Singles, then go the the Album title Worship God Live, then you’ll see God Moves in the list.)