I recently read this poem from John Calvin. It quieted my heart and made me think. I encourage you to slowly read this and drink it into your soul. Allow the Lord to refresh you through the words of Calvin.
Without the gospel
everything is useless and vain;
without the gospel
we are not Christians;
without the gospel
all riches is poverty,
all wisdom is folly before God;
strength is weakness,
and all the justice is under the condemnation of God.
But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made
children of God,
brothers of Jesus Christ,
fellow townsmen with the Saints,
citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven,
heirs of God with Jesus Christ, by whom
the poor are made rich,
the weak strong,
the fools wise,
the sinner justified,
the desolate comforted,
the doubting sure,
and slaves free.
It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe.
It follows that every good thing we could think of or desire is to be found in
this same Jesus Christ alone.
For, he was
sold, to buy us back;
captive, to deliver us;
condemned, to absolve us;
made a curse for our blessing,
a sin offering for our righteousness;
marred that we may be made fair;
he died for our life; so that by him
fury is made gentle,
darkness turned into light,
sadness made merry,
misfortune made fortunate,
force forced back,
war warred against,
the abyss sunk into the abyss,
mortality made immortal.
mercy has swallowed up all misery,
and goodness all misfortune.
For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle
against us, and the sting of death to pierce us, are turned for us into
exercises which we can turn to our profit.
If we are able to boast with the apostle, saying, O hell, where is thy
victory? O death, where is thy sting? It is because the Spirit of Christ
promised that we live no longer, but Christ lives in us; and we are by
the same Spirit seated among those who are in heaven, so that for us,
the world is no more, even while our conversation is in it; but we are
content in all things, whether country, place, condition, clothing, and
all such things.
And we are
comforted in tribulation,
joyful in sorrow,
glorying under vituperation,
abounding in poverty,
warmed in our nakedness,
patient against evils,
living in death.
This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and offered to us by him from God the Father.