177. Though in a Foreign Land

by Toplady
Though in a foreign land,
We are not far from home;
And nearer to our rest above
We every moment come.
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)
“But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” (1 Corinthians 7:29)
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9)
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)
Secure within the veil,
Christ is our anchor strong;
While power supreme, and love divine,
Still guide us safe along.
And should the surges rise—
Should sore afflictions come,
Blest is the sorrow, kind the storm,
That drives us nearer home.
God's grace will to the end
Clearer and brighter shine;
Nor present things, nor things to come,
Can change His love divine.
Soon shall our pains and fears
Forever pass away;
For we shall soon the Savior see
In everlasting day.