Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End)

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Uncommonly Average

Do you ever feel intimidated by great musicians, preachers, missionaries, or authors? They seem to have a special touch from God. They have seen and done things about which most of us can only dream. It can be intimidating. We don’t really know what Thomas Chisolm felt when poor health forced him to retire from ministry and begin a career as an insurance agent at the age of thirty-six. He sat at a desk the rest of his professional life, later serving as an editor for a Christian publication. 

While others might have seen only disappointment, Thomas Chisolm could see God working. Over the next 58 years, Chisolm wrote nearly 1,200 poems. He is best known for the poem he submitted to William Runyan at Moody Bible Institute in 1923. Runyan set the words of this poem to music, and it became one of the best-known hymns of the twentieth century. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” proclaims God’s work and power in the lives of every believer, both uncommon and common. Chisolm said no special circumstance inspired him to write this poem, except the Bible’s truth and his personal experience of God’s faithfulness. Near the end of his life, he gave this testimony:

"My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness."