Christians are entitled to the peace, which Christ gives. Therefore, they should not yield to overwhelming grief’s and fears. Christ has said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” Let it not be sensible of the griefs, or sad because of them. Be not ruffled and discomposed, be not cast down and disquieted.
The heart is the main fort. Whatever you do, keep trouble from this. Keep this with all diligence. The spirit must sustain the infirmity; therefore, see that this is not wounded.
You are Christ’s disciples and followers, his redeemed, chosen and sanctified ones. No matter how others are overwhelmed with the sorrows of this present time, let it not be with you, for you know better. “Let the sinners in Zion tremble, but let the sons of Zion be joyful in their king.” As Christ's disciples we should do more than others. We should keep our minds quiet, when every thing else is unquiet.
The remedy prescribed against troubles of the mind.
“Believe in God”. Build with confidence upon the acknowledged principles of natural religion: that there is a God. He is a most holy, wise, powerful, and good God. He is the governor of the world, and has the sovereign disposal of all events. Comfort yourselves likewise with the peculiar doctrines of that holy religion which he has taught you.
“Believe also in Jesus”. Through Christ we are brought into covenant with God, and become interested in his favour and promise. By believing in Christ as the Mediator between God and man, our belief in God becomes comfortable; and this is the will of God. Those that rightly believe in God will believe in Jesus Christ, whom he has made known to them; and believing in God through Jesus Christ is an excellent means of keeping trouble from the heart.
“Trust them both.” Trust them for a happiness that will come when this body and this world shall be no more. A happiness to last as long as the immortal soul and the eternal world shall last. Believe and consider that there really is such happiness.
Those who suffer most, God imparts the highest rewards. Your reward will be great in the future world. All this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul, which the world does not possess. Nothing but the consciousness of innocence and the presence of God, could bear up the sufferers in the midst of their trials.
Scripture Study: Psalms 42:5; John 14:1-3
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