I would not live here always!
(Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873)
"Arise and depart; for this is not your rest — because it is polluted!" Micah 2:10
In his best hours, home, his own sinless home — a home with his Father above that starry sky — will be the wish of every Christian. He looks around him — the world is full of suffering; he is distressed by its sorrows, and vexed with its sins. He looks within him — he finds much in his own corruptions to grieve for. In the language of a heart repelled, grieved, vexed — he often turns his eye upward, saying, "I would not live here always!" (Job 7:16)
Not for all the gold of the world's mines;
not for all the pearls of her seas;
not for all the pleasures of her flashing, frothy cup;
not for all the crowns of her kingdoms —
would I live here always! Like a bird about to migrate to those sunny lands where no winter sheds her snows, or strips the grove, or binds the dancing streams — the Christian will often in spirit be pruning his wing for the hour of his flight to glory!
"I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!" Philippians 1:23