Self-Will: The Wall We Erect to Keep God Away

Abba Poemen said: ‘A person’s will is a brazen wall [cf. Jer. 1:18] and an immovable rock between him and God. If a person abandons it, he too says: ‘In my God I will leap over the wall’ [Ps. 18:30-31]. But if [self-] justification combines with the will, a person is in a bad way.” ( Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, p 236)