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Gone so soon without a trace!

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil”

“We were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow!” Job 8:9

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass!” Psalm 102:11

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” Ephesians 5:16

How you spend your time is a matter of great importance. Many people fool away their time–some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart, and take it away from holy things. What are our golden hours for–but to attend to our souls?

Time misspent is not time lived–but time lost!

Time is a precious commodity. As salvation is to be worked out in time, and a place in Heaven depends on using it well–time is of infinite concern!

Think of your short stay in the world. “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow–gone so soon without a trace!” 1 Chronicles 29:15

There is but a span between the cradle and the grave! Solomon says there is “a time to be born and a time to die”–but mentions no time of living, as if that were so short, it was not worth naming!

Time, when it has once gone, can never be recalled. “My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away, filled with tragedy. It disappears like a swift boat, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.” Job 9:25-26

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

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life!” Psalm 39:4

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

by Thomas Watson

An easy Hell!

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Art of Divine Contentment”

“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content–whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.” Philippians 4:11-12

Whatever affliction or trouble a child of God meets with–it is all the Hell he shall ever have! Whatever eclipse may be upon his name or estate–it is but a little cloud which will soon be blown over, and then his Hell is past!

Death begins a wicked man’s Hell. Death ends a godly man’s Hell.

Think with yourself, “What is my affliction? It is but a temporary Hell. Indeed, if all my Hell is here on earth–it is but an easy Hell. What is the cup of affliction–compared to the cup of damnation!”

Lazarus could not get a crumb; he was so diseased that the dogs took pity on him–and as if they had been his physicians, licked his sores. But this was an easy Hell–the angels quickly fetched him out of it!

If all our Hell is in this life–and in the midst of this Hell, we have the love of God–then it is no more Hell, but paradise! If all our Hell is here on earth, we may see to the end of it; it is but skin-deep, it cannot touch the soul. It is a short-lived Hell. After a dreary night of affliction, comes the bright morning of glory!

Since our lives are short–our trials cannot be long!

As our riches take wings and fly away–so do our sufferings!

Let us learn then, to be content whatever our circumstances.

by Thomas Watson