Flying Eagle


A Devotional
Springs in the Valley
by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
Zondervan Publishing House Grand Rapids, MI 1996

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."
Ephesians 5:17

It may seem a very terrible thing for the soul to yield itself wholly and unreservedly to the will of Christ.  "What is going to happen?  What about tomorrow?  Will He not put a very heavy burden upon me if I yield; if I take the yoke?"  Ah, you have not known my Master; you have not looked into His face; you have not realized His infinite love for you.  Why, God's will for you means your fullest happiness!  Christ's will and your deepest happiness are synonymous terms.  How can you doubt that your Lord has planned for you the very best thing?

The admiral that goes out with his fleet under sealed orders does not know what is in the packet; but he goes out prepared to do the will of the Government of his country.  And although it seems to you that you take from Christ the sealed packet of His will and know not what is in it, yet knowing Who He is that has planned your future you can step out without realizing all that it means, just as you take His promises.  The value of any promise depends upon the promiser; and so it is with His will.  Whose will is it?  Whose yoke is it?  "My yoke" says the gentle, loving Jesus; "Take my yoke upon you."  To take His yoke is cheerfully to accept His will for us, not only in the present moment, but for the whole future that He has mapped out.

"Surrender your will to God.  He will never take advantage of you."
Rev. Evan H. Hopkins

"I dare not promise, Lord," I cried,
     "For future years close-sealed.
Surrender is a fearful thing--
     I long--but dare not yield."

How clear and swift the answer came:
     "I only ask of Thee
A present of THYSELF for time
     And for eternity."

An easy thing to MAKE A GIFT!
     My fears found swift release.
I gave myselft to Him, and found
     Past understanding, peace.
                                    --Bertha Gerneax Woods


How I ascertain the will of God:  I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.

Nine-tenths of the trouble with people is right here.  Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord's will, whatever it may be.  When one is truly in this state it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

Having surrendered my own will, I do not leave the result to feeling or simply impressions.  If I do so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with the Word of God.  The Spirit and the Word must be combined.  If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them.

Next I take into account providential circumstances.  These often plainly indicate God's will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.

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.  In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.
                                                                                                            --George Műller

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