~* IF JESUS GOES WITH ME *~
C. Austin Miles, 1868-1945

I delight to do thy will, O my God:
yea, thy law is within my heart.
Psalm 40:8

My will is not my own till Thou has made it Thine;
if it would reach the monarch's throne it must its crown resign.
It only stands unbent amid the clashing strife,
till on Thy bosom it has leant and found in Thee its life.
~George Matheson~

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Oh, may Thy will be mine!
Into Thy hand of love I would my all resign;
through sorrow, or through joy, conduct me as Thine own,
and help me still to say, "My Lord, Thy will be done!"

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! If needy here and poor,
give me Thy people’s bread, their portion rich and sure.
The manna of Thy Word let my soul feed upon;
and if all else should fail, my Lord, Thy will be done.

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Though seen through many a tear,
let not my star of hope grow dim or disappear;
since Thou on earth hast wept, and sorrowed oft alone,
if I must weep with Thee, my Lord, Thy will be done!

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! All shall be well for me;
each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee:
straight to my Home above I travel calmly on, and sing,
in life or death, my Lord, Thy will be done!
~Benjamin Schmolck~

Following the decision to accept God's provision for salvation, our next most important decision is to do God's will, regardless of what the future may bring. Often, however, we have difficulty in discerning God's will. George Mueller, one of the great men of prayer, has given these insights from his own life regarding the matter:

*   Seek to get your heart in such condition that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Do not depend upon feelings or impressions.

*   Seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God.

*   Take into account "providential circumstances".

*   Ask God in prayer to reveal His will clearly.

    Thus, through prayer to God, the study of His Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment, and if my mind is thus at peace and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. I have found this method always effective.

Our family has taken this hymn and applied it to ourselves as Christians. If we know Christ as Saviour, He promises in His Word, "Lo, I am with you alway....". Thus, it is not a matter of "If", but "Since" *_*


It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide;
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide;
But this one thing I know—if it be dark or fair,
Since Jesus is with me, I’ll go anywhere!

It may be I must carry the blessèd Word of life
Across the burning deserts to those in sinful strife;
And though it be my lot to bear my colors there,
Since Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

But if it be my portion to bear my cross at home,
While others bear their burdens beyond the billow’s foam,
I’ll prove my faith in Him—confess His judgments fair,
Since Jesus stays with me, I’ll stay anywhere!

It is not mine to question the judgment of my Lord,
It is but mine to follow the leadings of His Word;
But if to go or stay, or whether here or there,
I’ll be, with my Savior, content anywhere!

CHORUS:
Since Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!
’Tis Heaven to me, where’er I may be, since He is there!
I count it a privilege here, His cross to bear,
Since Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!



*For Today*: Matthew 6:10; Ephesians 5:17; Colossians 1:9; Hebrews 13:21; I John 2:17

How do you try to discern God's will for your life? Are you willing to accept and do whatever He may reveal to you? Use this hymn to help in your reflection.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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