A most sovereign antidote

(Thomas Brooks, "A Word in Season to Suffering Saints")

Then Moses said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here!" Exodus 33:15

God's presence is infinitely better than the presence of all outward comforts. God is with His people to counsel them in all doubtful and difficult cases, and to defend and secure them against all their enemies and opposers.

A sound sincere Christian can never have enough . . .
  power against sin, nor
  strength against temptation, nor
  weanedness from this world, nor
  ripeness for heaven, nor
  of the presence of the Lord.

The special presence of God with His people, is a most sovereign antidote.

Troubles will be no troubles,
distresses will be no distresses,
dangers will be no dangersó
if God's presence is with you.

Mountainsówill be molehills; stabs at the heartówill be as scratches upon the hand; if God's presence is with you.

God's special presence will turn . . .
  storms into calms,
  winter nights into summer days,
  prisons into palaces,
  weakness into strength,
  poverty into plenty,
  death into life.

Just so, while a Christian enjoys the singular presence of God with him, he will make nothing of this affliction and that affliction, of this trouble and that trouble, of this loss and that loss. God's presence makes . . .
  heavy afflictionsólight, and
  long afflictionsóshort, and
  bitter afflictionsósweet.

A man in misery, without this gracious presence of God, is in a very hell on this side hell. God's gracious presence makes every conditionóto be a little heaven to the believing soul. There is nothing, there can be nothing, but heavenówhere God is specially present.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1

"The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress!" Psalm 46:7