If there be no joy, there can be no worship.
A. W. Pink, The Scriptures and Joy [FREE DOWNLOAD]
It should ever be born in mind that with God there is no such thing as past, present, and future, though in condescension to our infirmities He sometimes so represents things in His Word, time limitations do not exist with the eternal “I Am”: all is an ever present now.
Arthur Pink, Exposition of John’s First Epistle [PDF download]
There is a sulking submission and there is a cheerful submission. There is a fatalistic submission which takes this attitude—this is inevitable, so I must bow to it; and there is a thankful submission, receiving with gratitude whatever God may be pleased to send us. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes” (Ps. 119:71). The Psalmist viewed his chastisements with the eye of faith, and doing so he perceived the love behind them. Remember that when God brings His people into the wilderness it is that they may learn more of His sufficiency; when He casts them into the furnace it is that they may enjoy His presence.
Arthur Pink, Subjection Under God’s Chastisement
What we prize most best demonstrates what we are, for where a man’s treasure is there will his heart be also (Matt. 6.21). Each of us is discovered by his complacency or displacency (Rom. 8.5).
A. W. Pink, 1 John Part One, p. 57