William Bridge, the English Puritan and pastor, writes of the necessity of basing one’s comfort upon the rock that is Christ, as opposed to the sand, or “rotten peg”, of our ever-changing conditions in life. Wise, Christ-centered words for battling discouragement!
“If you would not be discouraged in any condition, then never make your comforts depend upon your condition, nor be in love with any condition for itself; let not your condition itself be the cause or ground of your encouragements. Hang a cloak or garment upon a rotten peg, and that will break, and the garment will fall down. Now there is no condition but is a rotten peg. Every condition is alterable; no condition so firm and fast, but is exposed to many changes; it is a rotten hold. God is a pillar, nay pillars. His name is Adonai, which signifies as much, and in Isa. 26, we are commanded to trust in the Lord, “For in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength,” or “the Rock of Ages.” And, says the Psalmist, “My flesh faileth, and my heart faileth, but God is the Rock of my heart forever” (so the Hebrew) Psalm 73:26. Base your comforts upon your own condition, and you do but build on the sand, which will be carried away with every wind, and storm, and tempest; but if you build upon Christ Himself, upon God Himself, you build upon the Rock, and though the floods, and storms, and winds rise and beat upon you, yet you shall not lose your comforts, because they are built upon a rock.”
For more of William Bridge, consider A Lifting Up for the Downcast.