It’s a great delight to read his writings. Honest, with depth but not preachy, and with an assuring sense of calmness that can only come from God. What I also love is that this book is peppered with wonderful poem & quotes, even from Winnie The Pooh!
Today, I’m reading up on our constant struggle to be better. And the pain of change… and failing time and again.
John Newton knew much of this, and this is what he wrote:
I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know;
And seek more earnestly His face.
Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair!
I hoped that in some favoured hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins–and give me rest!
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part!
Yes more, with His own hand, He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe!
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds–and laid me low!
“Lord, why is this!” I trembling cried,
“Will you pursue your worm to death?”
“This is the way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”
“These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set you free;
And break your schemes of earthly joy,
That you may seek your all in Me!”
That you may seek your all in Me. – Father
So that I know change is not dependent on us trying and trying; but on Him. It’s His gift for us when we come humbly to Him and ask Him to change us.