Charles Wesley wrote 6,500 hymns that have been used in churches for many years. But his brother, John Wesley, preached over 40,000 sermons! God mightily used both.
Even though it was Charles who wrote many of the hymns of the day, it was John who liked to translate German hymns for use by his English Methodists. Here is one of them.
Give to the winds thy fears;
hope and be undismayed.
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears,
God shall lift up thy head.
Through waves and clouds and storms,
God gently clears the way;
wait thou God’s time; so shall this night
soon end in joyous day.
Leave to God’s sovereign sway
to choose and to command;
so shalt thou, wondering, own that way,
how wise, how strong this hand.
Let us in life, in death,
thy steadfast truth declare,
and publish with our latest breath
thy love and guardian care.
Far, far above thy thought
His counsel shall appear,
When fully He the work has wrought,
That caused them needless fear.translated by John Wesley
What a powerful song it is for this fearful time.
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”Psalm 34:4
“Giving our worries and problems to God in prayer is, in the simplest sense, an honest, meditative conversation with our Father whereby we attempt to transfer responsibility for desired outcomes out of our hands and into His. It’s a deliberate act of faith that trusts in who God is more than our perception of what He does or doesn’t do.”Mike Nappa
There are lots of things to be fearful of today, but we serve a mighty God who loves us and will take care of us through the storms of life no matter what.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7
My prayer is that our Father in heaven would help us to trust in His great power and wisdom more and more these last days.
“Through waves and clouds and storms, God gently clears the way; wait thou God’s time; so shall this night soon end in joyous day. So give the winds thy fears!”