On Fridays, I’ve decided to post quotes from some of my favorite authors as a way for me to review golden nuggets of truth and keep them in the forefront of my own heart and mind throughout the year.
I also hope it serves you, as a reader of RevivingTheSoul in offering comfort, encouragement, and strength for your own journey in the ups and downs of life on this side of heaven.
The first quote in my Friday favorites is from JC Ryle, a 19th Century Anglican pastor whose writings have greatly served my soul:
“The only way to be really happy in such a world as this, is to be ever casting all our cares on God. It is trying to carry their own burdens which so often makes believers sad. If they will tell their troubles to God, he will enable them to bear them as easily as Samson did the gates of Gaza. If they are resolved to keep them to themselves, they will find one day that the very grasshopper is a burden.
There is a friend ever waiting to help us, if we will unbosom to him our sorrow – a friend who pitied the poor and sick and sorrowful, when he was upon the earth – a friend who knows the heart of man, for he lived thirty-three years as a man among us – a friend who can weep with the weepers, for he was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief – a friend who is able to help us, for there never was earthly pain he could not cure. That friend is Jesus Christ. The way to be happy is to be always opening our hearts to him. Oh that we were all like that poor Christian who only answered, when threatened and punished, ‘I must tell the Lord.’
Jesus can make those happy who trust him and call on him, whatever be their outward condition. He can give them peace of heart in a prison, contentment in the midst of poverty, comfort in the midst of bereavements, joy on the brink of the grave. There is a mighty fullness in him for all his believing members – a fullness that is ready to be poured out on every one that will ask in prayer. Oh that men would understand that happiness does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the heart.” A Call to Prayer, p. 23-24
Hopefully, now you can see why JC Ryle is one of my favorite authors.
Over the years, my heart has been strangely warmed by his company and directed again-and-again to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the good news we have in the gospel of his grace.
May we all open our hearts to him and enjoy what it’s like to be really happy in such a world as this!
For more of JC Ryle, you can read my post A Never-Failing Passport for Our Prayers. You are also invited to sign up for the RevivingTheSoul email newsletter through the link below so you don’t miss any posts.