i know that i already have a post scheduled for today (so don’t forget to look for “cidade” later today after you read this entry), but i was reading in my copy of The Valley of Vision that my sweet BCM minister gave me for Brazil, and it was just too powerful not to share. it’s funny because i haven’t been reading them in order, and this is like the third prayer in the book, but it’s convicting and wonderful. i read it slowly and repetitively and i would suggest that you do the same.
God the All
O God whose will conquers all,
There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee and being engaged in thy service;
Though art all in all, and all enjoyments are what to me thou makest them, and no more.
I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is, or should be in all respects,
And if though bidst me decide for myself in any affair, I would choose to refer all to thee, for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss, as I am in danger of doing.
I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal, and it delights me to leave them there.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise, and all I can do is to adore and bless thee.
What shall I give thee for thy benefits? I am in a strait betwixt two, knowing not what to do;
I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer, and can only rejoice that thou doest all, that none in heaven or earth shares thy honour;
I can of myself do nothing to glorify thy blessed name, but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to thee,
I know that thou art the author and finisher of faith, that the whole work of redemption is thine alone, that every good work or thought found in me is the effect of thy power and grace, that thy sole motive in working in me to will and to do is for thy good pleasure.
O God, it is amazing that men can talk so much about man’s creaturely power and goodness, when, if thou didst not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate.
This, by bitter experience, thou hast taught me concerning myself.