Archive for October 2nd, 2008

Real Help in Troubled Times

Spend any amount of time with anybody right now and it won’t take long before issues of the economy or other troubles come up. We live in challenging days. I wonder, where will our hope come from? Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers some help (it’s a touch long, but worth it):

The real cure for our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all…The trouble with our generation, and let us not be too hard on ourselves, is that we are living in a very difficult age. We have had to face problems which mankind has scarcely ever had to face in such an acute form, and such an age always tends to produce morbidity, a concern about oneself. We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result we are all of us concerned about self, and hte great problem is how to get away from it. The high road to that is to be so absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves. This can happen as you look at some marvellous scenery, or fall in love and forget yourself; well multiply that by infinity and look into the face of Jesus Christ and catch something of his glory, and I assure you that most of the ‘mumps and measles of the soul’ will automatically be cured, and you will find yourself in a healthy condition, mentally, spiritually and even psychologically. (The Assurance of Salvation, p. 71-72, originally preached in 1952)

May God grant you a glimpse of the majesty of Jesus that allows you to stand on solid ground during shaky times.

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