(John Newton’s Letters)
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33
Every step we take, brings us nearer to our Father’s house! We shall soon be at Home–where the wicked cannot trouble, and where the weary are at rest.
How wisely the Lord varies His dispensations!
They are not all painful–lest we should be too much cast down.
Nor are they all pleasant–lest we should forget what and where we are.
Nor do our troubles come all at once. They are parceled out at different intervals, that one wound may be well healed before another is inflicted.
The Lord has wise reasons for all that He does–and we shall, before long, know them more clearly. In short, He does all things well! May we even now be thankful and yield a sweet submission to His holy will. He has a sovereign right to dispose of us as He pleases–and He has promised that He shall work all together for our good.
He has promised us peace in Himself–but in the world, He bids us to expect many trials and sorrows. The same or equal or greater afflictions–are common to all His people. We would never say, “This is too hard!” if we considered that we are sinners, and therefore always suffer less than we deserve.
The time is short–our obligations are unspeakably great–and Heaven will make amends for all! Surely then we should cheerfully, yes thankfully, take up our crosses, and follow our Lord–since we are assured that if we suffer with Him and for Him, we shall also reign with Him. Time flies apace, and past troubles will return no more. Every pulse we feel, beats a sharp moment of the pain away–and the last stroke will soon come. Then sorrow and sighing shall flee away–and joy and gladness shall come forth to conduct us Home! That time will come–yes, it is drawing nearer every hour!