Unchangeable Love

IMG_2710God’s love is unchangeable, and He is just as loving even when we do not see or feel it.  And His love and His sovereignty are equal and universal.  Therefore He often withholds our enjoyment and awareness of our progress, because He knows best what will actually ripen and further His work in us.

Frances Ridley Havergal

I laid it down in silence,

This work of mine,

And took what had been sent me—

A resting time.

The Master’s voice had called me

To rest apart;

“Apart with Jesus only,”

Echoed my heart.

 

I took the rest and stillness

From His own hand,

And felt this present illness

Was what He planned.

How often we choose labor,

When He says “Rest”—

Our ways are blind and crooked;

His way is best.

 

Work He Himself has given,

He will complete.

There may be other errands

For tired feet;

There may be other duties

For tired hands,

The present, is obedience

To His commands.

 

There is a blessed resting

In lying still,

In letting His hand mold us,

Just as He will.

His work must be completed,

His lesson set;

He is the Master Workman:

Do not forget!

 

It is not only “working.”

We must be trained;

And Jesus “learned” obedience,

Through suffering gained.

For us, His yoke is easy,

His burden light.

His discipline most needful,

And all is right.

 

We are to be His servants;

We never choose

If this tool or if that one

Our hands will use.

In working or in waiting

May we fulfill

Not ours at all, but only

The Master’s will!

 

Streams in the Dessert, April 13

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