Resigned to the Will of God

The following article appeared in the Journal for April 1899, and is republished by request.

To be always resigned to the will of God, is one of the most beautiful traits of the Christian character. It means infinitely more than can be comprehended by the one who has not learned this needful and all-important lesson. How little do mortals realize of the joy and peace that fills the heart of one who can look up with the eye of faith and calmly say, "Thy will be done." Less still, perhaps, do they know of the many experiences that were necessary to teach this faith and trust in God. The countless struggles, prayers, tears, and sacrifices are known only to the one who has surrendered the human will to the divine.

Uninstructed by Christian Science, mortals entertain a false sense of what it is to be resigned to the will of God. Sickness and death, the discords and calamities of earth, are frequently regarded as "dispensations of Providence," and to be resigned to the will of God means, in part at least, to believe that these evils are from Him; that He permits them and wills that they should be, even if He does not send them directly; His purpose being to humble mortals and draw them nearer to Himself.

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