Is this all I get — after so much trouble?
(Letters of John Newton)
"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Blessed be God for the news of a better world, where there will be no sin, trouble, nor defect forever!
What shall it be — when the Lord shall call us up to join with those who are now singing before the eternal throne!
What shall it be — when all the children of God, who in different ages and countries have been scattered abroad — shall be all gathered together, and enter into that glorious and eternal rest provided for them!
What shall it be — when there shall not be one trace of sin or sorrow remaining — not one discordant note to be heard, nothing to disturb or defile, or alleviate the never-ceasing joy!
Many a weary step we have taken, since the Lord first drew us to Himself; but we shall not have to tread the past way over again. Some difficulties may remain — but we know not how few. Perhaps before we are aware, the Lord may cut short our conflict and say, "Come up hither!" At the most, it cannot be very long! He who has been with us thus far — will be with us to the end. He knows how to cause our consolations to exceed our greatest afflictions!
And when we get safely home — we shall not complain that we have suffered too much along the way. We shall not say, "Is this all I get — after so much trouble?" No! When we awake in that glorious world, we shall in an instant — be satisfied with His likeness. One sight of Jesus as He is — will fill our hearts, and dry up all our tears!
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18