|Today’s Scripture: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:12-13|
|Can you imagine losing your sight as a small child due to a medical mishap? Because a doctor mistreated a young girl’s condition, she was suddenly plunged into inescapable physical darkness. Many of us would feel a sense of unfairness and anger. Somehow, Fanny Crosby found light in her soul rather than bitterness. In fact, at the age of eight, she wrote a small poem: “Oh, what a happy child I am, Although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world, Contented I will be.”Now known as one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, this woman faced extremely challenging hurdles, yet she impacted the world in a way that will never be forgotten. Because she saw her blindness as a blessing, Fanny was able to compose over 8,000 sacred works. One of which is known as “Blessed Assurance”.
A simple, yet intriguing story, “Blessed Assurance” was written in the home of Fanny’s friend, Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp, who owned one of the largest pipe organs ever placed in a private dwelling. Mrs. Knapp called her guest, Fanny, over to the organ to listen to a new tune she had just composed. After playing the melody a few times she asked, “What do you think the tune says?”
“Blessed assurance Jesus is mine”, answered Fanny Crosby. So great was her knowledge of Scripture and walk with the Lord that the rest of the words flowed from her lips, and the new hymn emerged that day.
No matter what you are facing this week, this month, or this year, you have a blessed assurance. If you have placed your trust in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, Jesus is yours. Although the odds may seem insurmountable and your situation all-consuming, your Savior is at your side at all times and will never leave you or forsake you. If you fully grasp that truth, there is no storm you cannot weather, no temptation you cannot overcome, and no telling what impact you can make for His cause. Remember, you are blessed with an eternal, hope-filled assurance. Rely on that strength today!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.