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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Burden Blessings - Part 2"

"Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" II Corinthians 1:4

Fanny Crosby



Fanny Crosby became blind at the age of 6 weeks by maltreatment of her eyes.  Through the Godly upbringing by her mother and grandmother, Fanny became one of the most proficient hymn writers of all time.  Having committed the Pentateuch, the book of Ruth, many Psalms and Proverbs, and nearly all the New Testament to memory, Fanny had storehouses of treasures to draw from.  Her songs are filled with the Person of Jesus Christ, and the wonders of the Christian life.  Fanny Crosby turned tragedy into triumph, and made blessings out of her burdens.

When Fanny was fifteen years old, God answered her prayer by allowing her to be accepted to the brand new Institute for the Blind in New York City.  When the announcement came, Fanny clapped her hands joyfully and said, “O thank God!  He has answered my prayers just as I knew He would.”  Fanny spent twelve years there as a student, and another eleven as a teacher.

In the autumn of 1843, 23-year-old Fanny was the first woman to ever address a joint session of the United States Congress.  Fanny was part of a group sent from the school seeking financial aid.  She delivered no stirring oratory, nor pathetic story.  She simply paid tribute to Congress with an original poem, and then began paying tribute to the Lord.  She spoke with conviction, as though she had seen the Saviour face-to-face.  That great assembly, including John Quincy Adams, soon had tears running down their cheeks.  Because of this experience, Fanny Crosby began making friends with the great political and religious leaders of her time, including over 50 years of friendship with President Grover Cleveland. “A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” Proverbs 18:16.

Blindness was no longer a burden to Fanny Crosby.  She had accepted her state as the gift of God, and turned her burden into blessings.  Without eyes, Fanny saw what many seeing eyes could not see.  She saw the opportunity to use her infirmities to bring glory to God.  She wrote over 9,000 hymns, and influenced countless souls for Jesus Christ. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake:  for when I am weak, then am I strong” II Corinthians 12:10.

I wonder what burdens we are bearing that could be great blessings, but we fail to see them that way.  Realize that our infirmities are to work to the glory of God.  We must accept the hardships of this life as the plan of God for greater glory in the next life.

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Previous devotions

"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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