Dealing with the difficulties of today is often aided by considering the deliverance coming tomorrow. That’s why I make it a habit to say, “For the Christian the best is always yet to come!” It is this truth that prompted James Smith way back in 1840 to comfort his congregation with these words:
Beloved, why are you so fearful, and why do desponding thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold, your salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will free you from all that pains you, and raise you above all you fear. The time of deliverance is at hand, the year of release is near; the trumpet of the Jubilee will soon be heard; our Saviour will arrive to lead us to our Father’s house, to the mansions which He hath prepared for us, and so shall we be ever with the Lord.
Comfort one another with these words, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him!”
Jesus beckons from on high;
Fearless to His presence fly;
Thine the merits of His blood,
Thine the righteousness of God!
Go, His triumphs to adorn,
Made for God, to God return!