For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 2 Corinthians 4:17
Let this encourage you, O Christian, in your conflict with Satan – the skirmish may be sharp, but it cannot be long. Let him tempt you and his wicked instruments trounce you, but in a little while you shall be rid of him. The cloud rains, and then comes the fair weather. Can you not watch for Christ for one hour or two? Can you not keep the field for a few days? Persevere until the battle is over and your enemy will rise no more. Bid faith to look through the key-hole of promise and tell you what is laid up for you. Can you not hear the shout of the saints as those that divide the spoil? They are receiving their reward for their service and sufferings. Here you stand on this side of the river. Are you afraid to wet your feet with a few sufferings that run between you and glory? This made Job a happy man indeed. When the devil had plundered him to the skin, yet he could trust Christ in the face of death to be his Redeemer. The devil rules this world, but not heaven. Heaven fears no devil, and he has no power where the saints’ happiness lies. Your heart is there because Christ is there. Your friends and kindred in Christ are there, and it will be a happy meeting in your Father’s house notwithstanding the snare and plots of Satan in the way. The devil took away Job’s purse, and put him into difficult straits, but he had a God in heaven that put him into stock again. Satan may for a time disturb, but he cannot blot your name out of the book of life. He cannot destroy your faith. He cannot hinder a happy outcome in your war with sin though he may win you in a private skirmish. God will keep you by his power. Though Satan may disturb your peace as an enemy through outward crosses or inward failures, he cannot rule you as a prince.
Over the past fifty years there has been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful pastors and preachers who continue to speak through their writings even though they have long since entered into their heavenly reward. The Puritans really knew how to teach and apply God’s Word in the Spirit’s power!
Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their works. “How thrilling it has been for me to read the Puritans on the glory and attributes of God, divine providence, fellowship with God, holiness of life and the mortification of indwelling sin, heavenly mindedness, prayer, evangelistic zeal, and trust in the Lord during times of affliction. At every turn these truths are eloquently taught, faithfully applied, and kindly offered as the subject of sweet spiritual meditation.”
This book is sent forth with the prayer that it will open a door to the vast stores of treasure to be found in the writings of the Puritans and that it will stimulate further exploration of this rich spiritual inheritance.