Not as I will, but as Thou will

Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.—Matthew 26:39.


Thy will, not mine, O Lord, However dark it be! Lead me by Thine own hand, Choose out the path for me. I dare not choose my lot, I would not, if I might, Choose Thou for me, my God, So shall I walk aright.

Horatius Bonar.


Choose but the will of God, and thou wiliest with His wisdom, thou choosest with His all-perfect choice; thou enterest into His counsels; thou lovest with His love. Be this our watchword, brethren, for the Church, for those we love, for our own souls. He this our rule in action, “not what I will, but what Thou;” this, in suffering; “not what I, but what Thou.” This shall hallow our hopes; this shall hush our fears; this shall ward off disquiet; this shall preserve our peace; this shall calm anxieties; this (if so it must be) shall soothe our heart-aches; this shall give it-pose to our weariness; this, the deeper our trouble, shall be the deeper foretaste of everlasting peace and rest. “Lord, not what I will, but what Thou “; not what I, in my misery, and ignorance, and blindness, and sin, but what Thou, in Thy mercy, and holiness, and wisdom, and love.

E.B. Pusey.


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