The ways of wisdom have in them a holy security, as well as a holy serenity; and they that walk in them, have God himself for their shield and sun, and are not only joyful in the hope of good, but are, or may be, quiet from the fear of evil.
The paths of wisdom are not like walks in a garden, which we make use of for diversion only, and an amusement; but like tracks in a great road, which we press forward in with care and pains, as a traveller in his journey….till we come to our journey’s end. We must remember, that in the ways of religion we are upon our journey, and it is a journey of business — business of life and death; and therefore we must not trifle, or lose time….and not take up short of the end of our faith and hope, not take up short of home: and though the journey is long, and requires all this care and application, yet it is pleasant, it is peace notwithstanding.
Matthew Henry, The Pleasantness of a Religious Life
2 thoughts on “The Good Life”
Thank you for this selection; sometimes I think in our fast-food culture where we want everything in the next 10 minutes, it is helpful for me to reflect on the length of our journey toward heaven. Especially as a young woman, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily moments of Now – the stresses and the joys, but the Father is weaving His will and wisdom in my life even as I face trials and cares. I especially love the end of the paragraph – though our journey is long and requires much care, it is “pleasant” and “peace.” I can see this in the life I have lived thus far and in the lives of the women around me who have lived much longer than I!
“yet it is pleasant.” I forget that at times.