WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT                                                                                                 Andy Hollifield 1-6-18

Psalms 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Psalms 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalms 107:8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalms 111:4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Wrought—–a past tense and past participle of work.

I was reading on Samuel FB Morse who was inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. It was on this date in 1838 that Morse first demonstrated his telegraph and his new system of coding called Morse code. What I really found interesting was the first message that said “What hath God wrought!” I am sure that Morse realized to some extent how much his invention would revolutionize the communication system in this country and around the world. He had developed a machine and a method of being able to communicate long distances over a single wire. With the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 for transportation, the telegraph wire often ran alongside railroad trucks and did open a more efficient way of communication.

I would speculate that the comment he made for his first transmission was probably due to the fact that he knew he had been successful and his invention was going to bring the entire country closer together as far as communications are concerned. As I thought on his question, “What hath God wrought!” I began to think of some of the other things that God has done in such a way that it can’t possibly be attributed to anyone except God. You can start back in Genesis in the garden of Eden, from the creation to when God took the rib from Adams side and also when he cast them out of the garden. You can go on over to the burning bush in Exodus and to the plagues on the Egyptians and how God gave the children of Israel a fire and a cloud to follow. He also gave them a place to cross over the red sea on dry ground. These are just a few instances where it could be said, “What hath God wrought!”

The bible gives us only one place where that statement is used and it is in Numbers 23:23. It says in part; “According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!” It may have been used in scripture only once but I am sure that each of us can find several places in our own life where if we step back and look we would say within our selves, “What hath God wrought!” It is a blessing to read or hear about what God has done in other people’s life but it is a bigger blessing when he is doing it for me. I was reading on Facebook a post by someone who was talking about depression cases rise during the winter months. I can certainly understand that but I also believe if we will focus on not being depressed God will help us. I know from firsthand experience that if you start trying to recount all the times when God has “wrought” a work in your life, it won’t be long before you will be thanking God for all that he has already done, for all the things God has wrought in your life. I would love to know as I get older, that I lived my life for the Lord to the point that people would look at me and say “What hath God wrought!”

I mentioned a minute ago about counting the blessings in your life. I believe that if you will do that, it won’t take long for you to say; “What hath God wrought!” That is a statement of enthusiasm about what God has done or is doing in your life. When you take a hard look at what God has done in your life, you can’t help but be encouraged! It’s not always in the big things that we get our greatest blessings, but rather quite often it’s those little things that God has done that will make you stop in amazement and say, “What hath God wrought!” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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