Quote of the Week

I started reading another book this week. It’s one of those by Elisabeth Elliot that speaks volumes from every page. Isn’t it strange how one can feel lonely in a room full of people? Or in a life full of relationships one can still feel friendless? Painful circumstances will do that. In this quote, Elliot shares how God uses pain in our lives, comes alongside us in our pain, and what our response should be if we love Him.

We have been shown the way of acceptance on every page of the life of Jesus. It sprang from love and from trust. He set His face like a flint toward Jerusalem. He took up the Cross of His own will. No one could take His life from Him. He deliberately laid it down. He calls us to take up our crosses. That is a different thing from capitulation or resignation. It is a glad and voluntary YES to the conditions we meet on our journey with Him, because these are the conditions He wants us to share with Him. Events are the sacraments of the Will of God–that is, they are visible signs of an invisible Reality. These provide the very place where we may learn to love and trust. Heaven waits for our response.

Accept your share of the hardship that faithfulness to the gospel entails in the strength that God gives you. For he has saved us from all that is evil and called us to a life of holiness–not because of any of our achievements but for his own purpose. Before time began he planned to give us in Christ Jesus the grace to achieve this purpose. 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Phillips

That is a wonderfully comforting word to me. God had included the hardships of my life (which I confess have been few) in His original plan. Nothing takes Him by surprise. But nothing is for nothing, either. His plan is to make me holy, and hardship is indispensable for that as long as we live in this hard old world. All I have to do is accept it…It is a distilled act of faith, a laying one’s will alongside God’s, a putting of oneself at one with His kingdom and His will.

Taken from Chapter 14: Love Means Acceptance, The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot

Elliot includes this poem:

For in Acceptance Lieth Peace
by Amy Carmichael

He said, “I will forget the dying faces;
The empty places,
They shall be filled again.
O voices moaning deep within me, cease.”
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in forgetting lieth peace.

He said, “I will crowd action upon action,
The strife of faction
Shall stir me and sustain;
O tears that drown the fire of manhood, cease.”
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in endeavor lieth peace.

He said, “I will withdraw me and be quiet,
Why meddle in life’s riot?
Shut be my door to pain.
Desire, thou dost befool me, thou shalt cease.”
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in aloofness lieth peace.

He said, “I will submit; I am defeated.
Bog hath depleted
My life of its rich gain.
O futile murmurings, why will ye not cease?”
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in submission lieth peace.

He said, “I will accept the breaking sorrow
Which God tomorrow
Will to His son explain.”
Then did the turmoil deep within him cease.
Not in vain the word, not vain;
For in Acceptance lieth peace.

3 Comments on “Quote of the Week

  1. Sounds like a great book! I love Elisabeth Elliot too. I love knowing that nothing takes Him by surprise and He is control of everything.


  2. Wow. God used this book in my life GREATLY the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college. You remind me that I should probably read it again. Her books hold so much truth. Thanks for the powerful quote.


  3. You know, I haven’t read very many of her books, only two, and I’m enjoying this one very much.


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