“Resignation in Trial”

In time of trial we must humbly submit to the will of God’s divine providence. The Apostle Paul says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Our Lord Jesus Christ submitted to His death upon the cross saying in Luke 22:42, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

“Where was there ever resignation like this? The life of Jesus was one long martyrdom. From Bethlehem’s manger to Calvary’s cross, there was scarcely one break in the clouds; these gathered more darkly and ominously around Him — until they burst over His devoted head as He uttered His expiring cry! Yet throughout this pilgrimage of sorrow — no murmuring accent escaped His lips. The most suffering of all suffering lives — was one of uncomplaining submission.

“Yet I want Your will to be done — not Mine!” was the motto of this wondrous Being! When He came into the world He thus announced His advent, ‘Lo, I come, I delight to do Your will, O my God!’ When He left it, we listen to the same prayer of blended agony and acquiescence, ‘O My Father, if it is possible — let this cup pass from Me! Yet I want Your will to be done — not Mine!’”

By John MacDuff, “The Mind of Jesus” 1870, www.gracegems.com.

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