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Counseling One Another

When God Hides His Smiling Face

When your faith is paper-thin and you wonder how it is that God could possibly be doing good in the midst of your present storm, consider the humbling truth set forth by William Cowper in his famous hymn God Moves in a Mysterious Way.

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 sov’reign 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.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

An encouraging and brief biography of William Cowper can be found in The Hidden Smile of God.

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  1. PLEASE read Cowper’s biography….to not know how this incredible and beloved poet, hymn writer and man of faith struggled with “melancholy” even to the point of attempted suicide and being a member of the English parliment…..his fellow politicians provided an apartment and security to watch over and prevent him from taking his own life…….will not give you the true appreciation of his incredible hymns and poems… know this and read his work….will truly stir your heart.

    One other little tidbit…..Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the epithet on his headstone.