Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In Afflitction

To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.

 When we grow careless of keeping our souls, then God recovers our taste of good things again by sharp crosses.  --Thomas Watson

 I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty, and strengthened by my weakness.... Thus was it with.... Manasseh, when he was in affliction, "He besought the Lord his God": even that king's iron was more precious to him than his gold, his jail a more happy lodging than his palace, Babylon a better school than Jerusalem. What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! These, how crabbed soever, are our best friends. They are not indeed for our pleasure, they are for our profit.  --Abraham Wright

He that rides to be crowned, will not think much of a rainy day.  --John Trapp

Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.  --A.W. Pink

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been dwelling lately on a thought very similar to Pink's sentiment: "Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve."


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