Begone, unbelief

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Begone, unbelief,
  My Savior is near,
And for my relief
  Will surely appear;
By prayer let me wrestle,
  And He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel,
  I smile at the storm.
2
Though dark be my way,
  Since He is my Guide,
’Tis mine to obey,
  ’Tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken,
  And creatures all fail,
The word He hath spoken
  Shall surely prevail.
3
His love, in time past,
  Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last
  In trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer
  I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure
  To help me quite through.
4
Why should I complain
  Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?
  He told me no less;
The heirs of salvation,
  I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation
  Must follow their Lord.
5
How bitter that cup
  No heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up,
  That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher
  And darker than mine;
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer,
  And shall I repine?
6
Since all that I meet
  Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
  The medicine, food;
Though painful at present,
  ’Twill cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant
  The conqueror’s song!
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Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

The root sin is unbelief.. When Eve followed the devil's temptation, and disobeyed God her creator, she doubted God would punish her. She doubted that He meant what age said when he banned her from eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. In doubting God, she disbelieved God, and the human race has reaped the consequences ever since.

Also in John chapter 16, Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit is come He would convict the world of sin 'because they believed not on me'.


Joyce

Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

His way was much rougher and darker than mine; did Christ, my Lord, suffer and shall I repine? How dare I complain and what hope during the dark times?!


Rose Abena Peprah

Tema, Accra, Ghana

The lyrics gives me hope in Christ Jesus.


Pearl Yvonne Mulrain

Princes Town, Trinidad And Tobago

Definitely a great hymn of comfort but verse 5 is left out of modern versions of the hymn. The reminder that 'His way was much darker and rougher than ours' should always be before us. According to my late mother one of the crowning verses of this hymn has been left out!


Jide Omotosho

Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

The Yoruba translation of this hymn carries such a huge meaning and weight that you would prefer singing it in Yoruba language. There are some words in Yoruba language that lose their meaning and weight when translated to English. That's why when I want to pray alone, I switch to Yoruba. This hymn, I sing anytime I am plunged into unbelief by any situation. With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.


Henry Kissinger

Accra, Ghana

It's a hymn that gives us so much confidence and hope that irrespective of the challenges we face in life God still has better things for us.


Coralee J. Smith

Nassau, Bahamas

Heard this song for the first time in the 1970s and it was and still is a blessing whenever I hear it! We do not sing it often enough! Thanks!


Victor Amosun

Bromley, Orpington, United Kingdom

I find the hymn very inspiring and encouraging. It spurred me to pray with my prayer partner. Evergreen song.


Anonymous

This is a very meaningful hymn.


Adeyemo Rebecca

Lagos, Nigeria

This storm shall work well for good for me. It will pass, I will testify. Jesus, the master of the storm is with me.