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His Wondrous Ways

Anchor Devotional - 04.08.13


"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'"

(2 CORINTHIANS 12:8-9A)

Isaiah 57:15;
2 Corinthians 12:1-10

When Isaac Watts was a student, he overworked himself so much that it severely weakened his constitution. A bout of serious illness soon after he accepted a pastoral position and a violent fever in his thirties permanently shattered his nerves. Wealthy friends opened their home to him, freeing him to write countless moving sermons and extensive theological and philosophical material. Over the course of his life, Mr. Watts wrote over 600 fine hymns, including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” and “Joy to the World.” In fact, he is frequently called the Father of
English Hymnody.

God was not limited by Isaac Watts’ weakness in the least; rather, He worked through his life more than most. A heart in love with Jesus is a malleable vessel He can use, with all the person’s brokenness, mistakes, regrets, and hardship. Your life may offer just the right conditions for the Lord to glorify Himself while working for your good (Romans 8:28). Don’t underestimate Him.

Scripture Focus

Isaiah 57:15;
2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Insight

"SEE, FROM HIS HEAD, HIS HANDS, HIS FEET, SORROW AND LOVE FLOW MINGLED DOWN /
DID E'ER SUCH LOVE AND SORROW MEET, OR THORNS COMPOSE SO RICH A CROWN?"
(ISAAC WATTS, 1707)

Read the Bible

  • Joshua 3-4
  • Psalm 98
  • Acts 22