God’s Character – a help in times of trouble…

“God is too wise to make a mistake, too loving to be unkind, and too powerful for His purposes to be thwarted.”

During times of difficult circumstances, I’ve found comfort in being reminded of the character of God: His Wisdom, His Love, and His Sovereignty. This quote is my favorite, and is on my office wall.

And, it has been used by many… Where did it come from? Likely an expansion of an old Samuel Medley hymn. Religious leaders Robert Ketcham or Charles Spurgeon did not come up with the phrase. The earliest source for the phrase is a book of hymns by Samuel Medley from the late 1700s — you can read it yourself right here. In the hymn Medley quotes or writes (which is unclear), “too loving to be unkind” is replaced by “too good to be unkind”:

In all his holy, sovereign will, He is, I daily find, Too wise to be mistaken, still Too good to be unkind.


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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