I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year—to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole bundle at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today; and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so forth.
We can easily manage our troubles, if we would only carry the trouble appointed for each day. But the load will be too heavy for us—if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of tomorrow to the weight, before we are required to bear it.
“The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes” by Thomas Brooks, 1659)
Consider Christian, that all your . . .
trials and troubles,
calamities and miseries,
crosses and losses,
which you meet with in this world–is all the Hell that you shall ever have!
Here and now, you have your Hell.
Hereafter, you shall have your Heaven!
This life is the worst of your condition–the best is yet to come!
Lazarus had his Hell first–and his Heaven last.
You have all your pangs, and pains, and throes here–that ever you shall have!
Your ease, and rest, and pleasure–is yet to come.
Here you have all your bitters–your sweets are yet to come!
And Here you have your sorrows–your joys are yet to come.
Here you have all your winter nights–your summer days are yet to come!
And Here you have your evil things–your good things are yet to come.
Death will put an end to all your sufferings!
Because Death will be an inlet to those joys, delights, and comforts–which shall never have an end!
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