God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

William Cowper grew up in a Christian home, and his father was chaplain to England’s King George II. Born in Great Berkhampstead (about 50 miles north of London) on this day in 1731, he was shy and frequently bullied in school. He went on to study law and was active in fighting against slavery. But we know him today largely for the many hymns he wrote.

Although serious about his commitment to Christ, he still struggled with depression. In 1773, he became so depressed that he tried to take his own life three times. But each attempt failed.

After recovering from these near tragedies, Cowper realized God had been with him to overrule his own misguided efforts. He wrote a hymn about what he learned, called “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.”

He wrote, “Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will.” Because of his own experiences, he knew that other Believers struggled with depression and fear. Thinking of them he wrote, “Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.”

He urged Believers to trust God completely and realize that His purposes unfold anew each hour. Cowper had learned that we can trust Him, and that He will make His purposes plain.

As you face the challenges of life, remember that you only can “see in a mirror dimly” and “know in part.” Have faith that God is working in your life in ways that you may not understand. He may move in ways that seem mysterious, but you can trust Him to direct your steps.