In a letter to a friend, John Newton helped him view things as they really are.
To see life through spiritual eyes is uplifting – no matter the storm.
“Encompassed as we are with snares, temptations, and infirmities, it is possible (by His promised assistance) to live in some good measure above the world—above the influence of its cares, its smiles, or its frowns.
Our citizenship is in heaven—we are not at home—but only reside here on earth for a season, to fulfill our appointed service.
The Lord, whom we serve, has promised that He will guide us by His wisdom, strengthen us by His power, and comfort us with the light of His countenance, which is better than life. Every temporal blessing we receive from Him, is a token of His favor, and a pledge of that far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, which He has reserved for us in heaven.
Oh! to hear Him say at last, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord!’ will be rich amends for all that we can lose, suffer, or endure, for His sake!”
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined—what God has prepared for those who love Him!”
~1 Corinthians 2:9
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T’was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home,
And grace will lead us home.
~John Newton, Amazing Grace
You can read the entire letter here. Several of John Newton’s letters are posted at Grace Gems. And, if you’ve got a long commute, it would be encouraging to listen to John Piper’s talk on John Newton.