God Is His Own Interpreter
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Have you ever had something happen to you that was just “wrong”? It was not fair. It was not honest. It was not truthful. Furthermore, it cast you in a bad light. In a nutshell, your situation was worse because of someone else’s conscious desire to make you look bad.
Then, there are other times when your life situation was the fault of no one, but life was a storm. Painful, frustrating, and barren. It seemed like God was both silent and far away. There is a marvelous hymn that sheds God’s truth on such a situation.
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, with never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the clouds you 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.
His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan his work in vain.
God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.
- William Cowper, 1774