The hard work of sowing seed in what looks like perfectly empty earth has a time of harvest. All suffering, pain, emptiness, disappointment is seed: sow it in God and He will, finally, bring a crop of joy from it.
Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)
In our fluctuations of feelings, it is well to remember that Jesus admits no change in His affections; your heart is not the compass Jesus saileth by.
Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)
If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.
Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917)
A bitterness of soul will make the taste of the benefit of Christ more delicious.
Stephen Charnock (1628-1680)
In seasons of severe trial the Christian is compelled to cast himself on God alone. Happy storms that wreck a man on such a rock as this!
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
No man is truly crucified until he accepts that crucifixion as coming from the hand of God. Otherwise, it amounts to no more than an ugly incident taking place between ugly people.
Gene Edwards, Exquisite Agony: Healing for Christians Who Have Been Hurt by Other Christians (Jacksonville, FL: Seed Sowers, 1994), 49.
Suffering so unbolts the door of the heart, that the Word has easier entrance.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
The moment things go wrong . . . then you will know exactly the value of what you claim to believe.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
Snorers that we are, God lets us experience these minor troubles so that we may be awakened from our deep sleep.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)