Samuel Rutherford, Scottish pastor, theologian and author, does as good a job as any in capturing the two sides of the coin. Here are a few of his thoughts which have recently helped me as I have wrestled through perplexities, mixed emotions and defeat in life. Rutherford is honest and insightful while never budging from orthodox Christianity. This is what I need AND NOT the shallowness of the day or the air-brushed smiles of the tele-evangelist because life is complicated; our walk of faith is even more so.
"I hope that you are not ignorant, that if peace was left to you in Christ's testament, so the other half of the testament was a legacy of Christ's suffering (John 16:33)."
"I see grace groweth best in winter."
"Our best fare here is hunger."
"I am like a low man looking up to a high mountain, whom weariness and fainting overcometh. I would climb up, but I find that I do not advance in my journey as I would wish; yet I trust he shall take me home against night."
"When I look over beyond the line and beyond death, to the laughing side of the world, I triumph, and ride upon the high places of Jacob: howbeit, otherways I am a faint, dead-hearted, cowardly man, oft borne down and hungry in waiting for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Nevertheless, I think it the Lord's wise love that feeds us with hunger, and makes us fat with wants and desertion."
(Quotes taken from The Loveliness of Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.)