For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
Since faith is ‘the assurance of things hoped for’, it is our best help, in suffering, for it teaches us to counterbalance our temptations with our hopes. When the devil would make you faint and lazy in the work of the Lord, faith reveals the present difficulty as temporary. When the devil creates irksome thoughts of duty, faith represents the endless delights to follow. The believer determines it is better to go to heaven with labour, than to hell with pleasure. This made Moses so victorious (Heb. 11:26). Looking upon the reward greatly influences our life.. Foretastes of heaven will bring such a strong influence in the heart of a believer, that all the reasons in the world cannot alter or break the force of our spiritual purpose. When we are tempted to neglect duty for worldly advantages, our faith looks unto our high calling, and the riches of the heavenly Jerusalem. If we are tempted to seek worldly honour, faith takes a look at the crown of righteousness that God will give us on that day. If the fear of disgrace makes us loosen and slacken our duty, our faith considers the confusion of face the wicked shall see as they appear before the throne of the Lamb. When they are tempted to murmur and repine under the cross, faith will assure that though the way is rough, the end of the journey will be sweet. His promises protect our hearts form poison and preserve the soul in a holy bravery for God. They tell us of the rivers of pleasure that stream out of the heart of Jesus Christ, and the sweet contentment we shall enjoy with God for evermore. O! When time begins to draw to an end to go into the other world, what would we give to live our lives again? O how diligent, watchful, and serious we would be if we had the sense of eternity upon our hearts!
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.