It is therefore Christian wisdom, to fix our souls on good meditations, to have them wedded to good thoughts, to have those comforting thoughts, befitting Christians, that may lead us comfortably in our way to heaven. Let a man think of God’s deliverances past, and that will strengthen his faith for the future deliverances. Let him think of future deliverances, and that will lead him to a kingdom, to praise God; and this praising of God will stretch his soul, for ever and for ever; as if there were no time sufficient to glorify God, that is so excellent and glorious. What a blessed condition is this, to have God’s Spirit warming our souls and perfuming our spirits with holy thoughts, continually putting us upon the employment of heaven, till at length it hath safely brought us thither.
Richard Sibbes, The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart, vol. 1, “The Saint’s Safety in Evil Times” (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; W. Robertson, 1862), 329.