John Newton – These Inward Trials

John Newton – These Inward Trials

Thanks to my brother Sam Williamson from Beliefs of the Heart for  this awesome answer to a comment I made on his blog in response to an excellent article he wrote about The Hard Edge Of Good News. It’s a worthy read as is everything I’ve read that Sam has wrote. Sam you’re a blessing to me. God bless! Russ

Sam wrote :

gn20140515025742John Newton, converted slave trader and author of Amazing Grace, wrote a poem called, These Inward Trials. It begins:

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

[Pretty good prayer, right? Then he says,]

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

[God is doing something he doesn’t understand! But the poem ends with grace and hope.]

Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
“’Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”

That’s what we want–to find our all in Him–but the road is often rocky.

One thought on “John Newton – These Inward Trials

  1. Russ,

    Thank you for your gracious comments. I am so glad this poem moved you in the same way it moved me.

    I have to keep reminding myself to read stuff from Christians of yesterday; they aren’t facing the same cultural blinders that I face, so they can speak to me clearly.

    Thanks again man, oh might man of valor!

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