Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

What Hath God Wrought!

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

24th June 2012

Jedidiah Morse was born in Connecticut in 1761 and graduated in 1783 from Yale where he had first publicly professed his Christian faith.

He became a school teacher, studied theology, and was significant for his leadership in New England Congregationalism.

Pastor Morse had one more lasting claim to fame - he was the father of Samuel Morse, born in 1791.

Samuel Morse studied painting and sculpture, achieving some fame in those fields. He also became interested in chemical and electrical experiments and developed apparatus for an electromagnetic telegraph that he completed in 1836.

He also invented a code, a system of dots and dashes, now known as the Morse code, for use with his telegraph instrument.

On 24 May 1844 Morse tapped out his first coded message, sent from Washington D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland. It was a message that reflected his Christian upbringing by giving God the glory for this important invention.

The message simply said "What Hath God Wrought".

That quote is taken from Numbers 23:23,

‘Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!’ (KJV)

In the NIV it reads ‘See what God has done!’ in the NLT it is ‘What wonders God has done…’, and in the Message it says 'What a great thing has God done!'

The passage in Numbers refers to divination and an insight into the future. Morse's insight certainly served him well as his system of code was used for over 150 years, until 1999.

Since Morse invented his code we have lived in times of advancing technology, new ideas are almost a daily occurrence. We’ve had radio, television, computers, mobile phones, internet, smart phones, facebook, twitter – all invented by people with remarkable initiative and talent - where will it all end?

God has given everyone special abilities, and He wants us to use them for his glory.

Why not take some time to think about your special talents and abilities and the ways you could use them for God’s work in the world.

We may not invent anything as significant as Morse code but we can make a significant difference in the world we live by living out our Christianity and using the gifts and talents God has given us.

When others are affected, influenced or touched by our lives remember to give God the glory and say ‘see what hath God wrought'

Have a good week discovering and using your talents for God’s glory.

Pastor Barry

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