The Christian pilgrim

(edited from Thomas Reade's, "The Two Ways")

The Christian pilgrim has to journey to the
heavenly Canaan, through the wilderness of
this world; therefore, like the Israelites of old,
his soul is sometimes discouraged because of
the difficulty of the way.

The world frowns!

Satan assaults!

Providences darken!

Corruptions harass!

All these things produce, for a season, much
discouragement. Like Peter, he looks at the raging
waves, instead of the omnipotent Savior; and then
he begins to sink into despondency, and would be
overwhelmed in the depths of mental affliction,
did not the compassionate Jesus stretch out His
hand of mercy, and uphold him by His mighty power.

Thus, to every humble pilgrim, strength is imparted;
realizing views of the faithfulness of Emmanuel are
granted; and he is made to rise superior to every
discouragement, and to walk, with increasing
alacrity and joy, along the narrow way which
leads unto life eternal.