Thursday, June 18, 2009

Begone, Unbelief

"Begone, unbelief; my Saviour is near,
And for my relief will surely appear.
By prayer let me wrestle, and He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.

"Though dark be my way, since He is my guide,
'Tis mine to obey, 'tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken, and creatures all fail,
The word He has spoken shall surely prevail.

"His love in time past forbids me to think
He'll leave me at last in trouble to sink;
Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through.

"Determined to save, He watched o'er my path,
When, Satan's blind slave, I sported with death;
And can He have taught me to trust in His name,
And thus far have brought me to put me to shame?

"Why should I complain of want or distress,
Temptation or pain? He told me no less;
The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation must follow their Lord.

"Since all that I meet shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet; the medicine, food;
Though painful at present, 'twill cease before long;
And then, O how pleasant the conqueror's song!"

~John Newton (1723-1807)

I found this quote on Melanie's blog. Thanks Melanie!


Melanie said...

Wow, I had forgotten I had posted that hymn.... thank you for re-posting it as it reminded me of the wonderful trustworthiness of God and re-emphasized in my heart something that God has been trying to teach me.

Anderson family said...

Oh how beautiful! I think God has really been teaching me to trust in Him to provide. (I'm thinking about the 2nd stanza)
Thank you for posting that!:)


Rosebud said...

This was on Melanie's blog? I don't remember it from there. It is SSOOOO GOOD!!

Jason A. Hunsicker said...

I think the last two lines are my favorite.

"Thou painful at present, 'twill cease before long; And then, O how pleasant the conquereor's song."

Wow...beautiful poetry, and soooo true.

Caroline said...

Hi Ana! I tagged you in a fun photo post on my "She Walks in the Woods" blog. Check it out!