Faith And Discipline
By June Stein
The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,
This is the faith which I would grasp, and never doubt, but just believe!
Committing my causes to You, Jesus, with the righteousness found in Your blood,
I can then look forward, confidently, keeping my mind above.
By not dwelling on things I’ve committed to You, and have no power to arrange,
Accepting that You know everything; You, alone, can move and change.
I’ll embrace the discipline of waiting, in ever prayerful accord;
Knowing Your timing is perfect; finding my strength in Your Word.
It’s not what ‘I’ know; but that ‘You know’,
Not what ‘I’ should do; but what ‘You would have me do’.
It’s not what my mind imagines would be best, but resting all in You,
For You will never fail me; this I know is true.
From the smallest trivial irritation, to the vital things of life,
In Your love and mercy, Lord, I will abide through every strife.
I thank and praise You for giving me faith, and for easing my troubled mind,
Everything I’ll ever need, in You, alone, I find.
I ask that all that is not of You, within my heart, be washed away,
Then filled with Your Sweet Spirit, Lord, with a fire to last all my days.
‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’
‘It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons;
for what son is there that his father does not discipline?
If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated,
then you are illegitimate children and not sons.’