Tag: Heaven

On the home stretch

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Look from the top —Song of Solomon 4:8

Yes, our perplexities would become plain if we kept on a spiritual elevation. Often when the traveler quite loses his way he can discern it again from some hilltop where all the winding paths on which he has come appear behind him, and the whole homeward road opens before. So, from the heights of prayer and faith, we too can see the plain path and know we are going home.

There is no other way in which we can gain the victory over the world. We must rise above it. We must see it from the side of our great reward. Then it will look like earthly objects do after we have gazed upon the sun for a while. We are blind to them.

When the Italian fruit seller finds that he is heir to a ducal palace you cannot tempt him anymore with the paltry profits of his trade or the company of his old associates. He is above it all. They who know the hope of their calling and the riches of the glory of their inheritance can well despise the world. It is the poor starving ones who go hungering for the husks of earth. We are born from above and have a longing to go home. Let us go forth today with our hearts on the home stretch.

by A.B. Simpson

Like a bubble on a stream

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“This world in its present form is passing away!” 1 Corinthians 7:31

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!” James 4:14

“The world and its evil desires are passing away!” 1 John 2:17

We shall come, some day, to see the false and fascinating joys of earth in their true light: like the bubble on the stream, dancing its little moment on the surface–and then vanishing forever!

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26.

Nothing else; nothing less, can satisfy the cravings of an immortal spirit. All other happiness is a mimic happiness; a wretched counterfeit of the true; a base alloy, on which Satan may have stamped the currency of Heaven; but it is “of the earth, earthy“–and upon it Death will put an extinguisher forever!

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36

by John MacDuff