My Savior, Thou hast offered rest

My Savior, Thou hast offered rest:
  Oh, give it then to me;
The rest of ceasing from myself,
  To find my all in Thee.
This cruel self, oh, how it strives
  And works within my breast,
To come between Thee and my soul,
  And keep me back from rest.
How many subtle forms it takes
  Of seeming verity,
As if it were not safe to rest
  And venture all on Thee.
O Lord, I seek a holy rest,
  A victory over sin;
I seek that Thou alone shouldst reign
  O’er all without, within.
In Thy strong hand I lay me down,
  So shall the work be done;
For who can work so wondrously
  As the Almighty One?
Work on, then, Lord, till on my soul
  Eternal light shall break,
And, in Thy likeness perfected,
  I “satisfied” shall wake.


Brothers, God now has no other goal than to bring you to an utter end. God wants you to be disappointed about your self, to lose hope in your self, and to confess that you are incurable and worse than anyone else. God wants you to know the self. How many times in the past have you aspired to victory, yet always failed in the end! It was for no other reason than this: God wanted to bring you to know yourself. You mourned, struggled, strove, sought, prayed, worked, labored diligently, and used hundreds and thousands of other means in the hope that you could overcome sin and be sanctified completely. But you invariably failed. Although sometimes you might have had a small amount of success, it never lasted. Although you did whatever you could to maintain your success, your success took wings like a bird. You thought your struggle to succeed was unsuccessful because you were worse than everyone else. Brothers, these experiences were for one reason only: God wants to help you to know