God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform

So, it didn’t happen the way I thought it would, only better… Have you ever thought or said this? Have you ever experienced something so outside of your understanding that you just stood back and admitted, “God, you’re so much smarter than I”? Have you ever seen a disaster turn into a miracle or a frustratingly bad circumstance become a blessing? It’s then that we acknowledge that God moves in a mysterious way to perform His wonders in our lives.

“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” – Bible or Not?

I would be so bold to say that any Christian would admit that they could not fathom the ways of God. I would be even bolder to say that any mature Christian would be OK with that. I’m going to share something personal today; my least favorite Bible verse. Yes, there is a verse in scripture that I don’t like – there, I said it, I wrote (uh oh, I’d better duck, here comes that lightning bolt!). I’ve always had a problem with these 2 verses from Isaiah:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV

Who doesn’t want to know the thoughts of God? Even Einstein in his intellectual pursuits said, “I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.” Our challenge, and yes my challenge, is to not know God’s thoughts, and to be OK with that, but to continue the pursuit of them. For surely, God does move in a mysterious way, but He is willing to share with His faithful children in His own way and time.

Contrary to popular belief, the quote “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform” is not in the Bible. It is however a popular Christian hymn written by William Cowper, an English poet and hymnodist.

If you like pipe organ music check out this English organ dude playing the song (not impressive but admirable).


God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform — 1 Comment

  1. So you don’t like the idea that God’s thoughts are infinitely above ours? Frankly, I find that comforting. After I’ve made the umpteenth mistake of the day, it’s greatly encouraging to know that the Lord knows what He’s doing. As David put it, “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.” Even when I lose my way and panic, God still has things under control.

    It was your quotation from William Cowper’s great hymn about God’s providence that caught my attention this morning–since today is the 279th anniversary of his birth. If you check my daily hymn blog, Wordwise Hymns, for today, you’ll see more about him.

    And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at my own, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

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