Confined To A Howling Wilderness

"Surely there is on end; and your expectation shall not be cut off." Proverbs 23:18

Christian! There is an end to all your troubles, trials, and temptations–you will survive them all, and rise superior to them.
There is an end to all your enemies, and their designs to injure you. They will either be converted to friends, or be everlastingly destroyed from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of His power.
There is an end to all your disappointments and vexations–you will soon be disappointed for the last time, and shall know vexation no more.
There is an end to your sickness–it is not eternal. Your pains are of short duration–but your pleasures shall forever flow!

Oh, think of this and be grateful! Your expectation of being forever . . .
freed from sin,
delivered from Satan,
raised above the world,
placed beyond the reach of sorrow,
and of being forever with the Lord
–shall not be cut off!

Your troubles are confined to this howling wilderness–but can never enter the paradise into which you will shortly dwell. There will be an end of all you complain of, mourn over, or seek deliverance from. There will be a beginning–but no end, to all that you ardently desire, long, and pray for! Jesus will soon complete His redemption, by eradicating sin, sickness, and sorrow–and by raising His saints incorruptible, and perfectly conformed to Himself!

Look beyond your present sufferings–and anticipate the glory that is to be revealed.
Time will soon fade away before the unfading glories of eternity!

Time bounds your trials–but only eternity bounds your possessions, pleasures, and glories!

Grace be swallowed up in glory forever!

-James Smith

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