In 1912, while participating in a series of revival meetings, Bennard became troubled at the crowd’s apathetic reaction to the gospel. Afterwards Bennard stated that “I was praying for a full understanding of the Cross… I read and studied and prayed… The Christ of the Cross became more than a symbol… It was like seeing John 3:16 leave the printed page, take form, and act out the meaning of redemption.”* It was this life-like scene that inspired Bennard with the theme for his most popular hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
God keeps His promises, even though sometimes it may seem like He's forgotten them... Sometimes God puts things in our path to test that faith, to see just how strong we really are. It’s not that God wants us to fail, but He’s trying to build our “faith muscles” so we’re strong in HIM. No matter what valley you may find yourself in, know that His promise awaits and He has you in the palm of His hand!