I'm reading The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan right now, and I'm finding it so comforting spiritually! To read someone else's writing from so long ago and yet relate so explicitly to every detail is indeed an encouragement. Christians have been experiencing the same things for --goes to check the date-- at least 350 years. To know that all Christians go through the same struggles and emotions and disappointments affirms my faith to an extent. Last night I was feeling quite low, and then I recalled a place in the book where Christian discovers he has the key of Promise in his bosom which unlocks all the doors of Doubting-Castle. This recollection freed me! I recalled that I, too, have the key of Promise, and God has promised me that He will never leave me or forsake me, and that the work which He began in me will be performed until it is completed. I recalled Great Grace coming to save us when we are nearly destroyed by the villans of Mistrust and Guilt and so many others. It's an excellent read (though difficult with all the language antiquities) which I suggest to you all.
I've started keeping a record of quotes I like from the book. I will share two with you here:
"...And he told me, that unless I could obtain the Righteousness of a man that had never sinned; neither mine own, nor all the Righteousness of the World could save me."
"Why man! Christ is so hid in God from the natural apprehensions of all Flesh, that he cannot by any man be savingly known, unless God the Father reveals him to them." -Both quotes by Hopeful
I believe this book might comfort me for years to come. When I face certain adversities, I shall remember how I have caught glimpses of the Celestial Gate and how God has rescued me in the past and that I do indeed have the key of Promise, along with many other jewels that cannot be stolen, buried in my bosom. It is indeed a good book.