Oh, let us beg for grace to lie as clay in the hands of Infinite Wisdom
(Joseph Milner, 1780)
Resignation to the divine will is one of the last and highest attainments of the Christian life. It is what is ultimately to be aimed at, as essential to comfort here — and happiness hereafter.
The Scriptures, daily meditated on, will supply us with instruction.
When we have genuine love to God, we shall be led to such an acquiescence in His wisdom and goodness — that we shall choose His will to take place, rather than ours. And the thought of how soon all things shall be set right in eternity, and that He will make all things work together for our good in this life — will reconcile the mind to anything that God pleases.
You will not mistake me, I hope, as if I suppose all true Christians have learned all this lesson completely. Far from it! These things are learned but in measure, and not without much conflict and opposition from sinful nature all along, and much imperfection.
And though it is not easy to confine the Spirit's operations by rules — yet this seems the general order of Christian virtues:
4. sweet resignation to God's will.
In Christ Himself, this resignation was perfect, "Not My will, but may Your will be done!" (Luke 22:42), and as far as we can trust in Him for grace — so far we may receive grace out of His fullness.
Oh, let us beg for grace to lie as clay in the hands of Infinite Wisdom, who knows how . . .
to humble our pride,
to bend our proud wills, and
to conform us to the likeness of His beloved Son.