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A God That Is In The Drivers Seat (3 of 6)
Series: Theology 101 With Isaiah
1. A man was sitting under a walnut tree wondering why God had placed large pumpkins on small vines and little walnuts on large trees. While he was philosophizing, a walnut fell from the tree and hit him on the head. He looked up and, "Thank you Lord."
2. There are times when we wonder why God did this and did that and why He allowed this and allowed that. Yet the Bible teaches us that God is a God of purpose and that His purposes are behind all that He does.
3. I think of the poet and hymn writer William Cowper. Probably his most familiar hymn is "There is A Fountain." Another of his great hymns is "God Moves in Mysterious Ways." At age 32, William Cowper passed through a great crisis in his life.
He tried to end his life by taking laudanum. Then he hired a horse-drawn cabbie, ordering the driver to take him to the Thames, intending to throw himself from the bridge. It was one of London's foggiest nights. They drove for an hour without reaching the chosen spot. Disgusted, he decided to get out and walk there. He found to his surprise they had actually gone in a circle and he was back at his own doorstep! The next morning, he fell upon a knife, but the blade broke and his life was spared. He then tried to hang himself, and was cut down unconscious but still alive.
Cowper eventually would find the answer to the struggles in his heart and life in God's Word. Sometime later, Cowper summed up his faith in God's loving dealing with him in the great hymn "God Moves in Mysterious Ways."
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 bles ...
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