In his preface of Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen states:
The minds of men are apt by their troubles to be cast into disorder, to be tossed up and down, and disquieted with various affections and passions. So the Psalmist found it in himself in the time of his distress; whence he calls himself unto that account, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me?” And, indeed, the mind on all such occasions is its own greatest troubler. It is apt to let loose its passions of fear and sorrow, which act themselves in innumerable perplexing thoughts, until it is carried utterly out of its own power. But in this state a due contemplation of the glory of Christ will restore and compose the mind, — bring it into a sedate, quiet frame, wherein faith will be able to say unto the winds and waves of distempered passions, “Peace, be still;” and they shall obey it. (Page 9)
We are easily thrown into despondency, some more so than others. The only true antidote is “a due contemplation of the glory of Christ” and knowing our interest in His glory. That will “restore and compose the mind” in the midst of trouble, for His glory is fully related to our wellbeing.
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!“