The life of faith is a happy life. Though it is attended with conflicts, there is an assurance of victory. If we sometimes get a wound, there is healing balm near at hand. If we seem to fall, we are raised again. And, if tribulations abound, then consolations shall much more abound. Is it not happiness to have an infallible Guide, an invincible Guard, and Almighty Friend?

It is bliss to be able to say of the Maker of heaven and earth, “He is my Beloved, Shepherd, Saviour, and my Husband, the husband of his bride!”

Oh, the peace which flows from believing that all the events in which we are concerned are under His immediate disposal, that the very hairs of our head are all numbered, that He delights in our prosperity, that there is a divine reason and need if we are in heaviness, and that all things shall surely work together for our good!

How happy to have such views of His sovereignty, wisdom, love, and faithfulness as will enable us to meet every difficult dispensation with submission, and to look through the painful changes of the present life to that unchangeable inheritance to which the Lord is leading us, when all evil shall cease, and where our joy shall be perfect and eternal!

– John Newton

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