Afflictions add to the saints’ glory. The more the diamond is cut, the more it sparkles; the heavier the saints’ cross is, the heavier will be their crown.
Thomas Watson (1620—1686)
Here, then, is the test, here is the challenge. Does the gospel enable us to face the battle of life as it is today in such a way that we are more than conquerors — not merely conquerors but more than conquerors? Does this teaching . . . enable us not merely to put up with tribulations but to rejoice in them?
original emphasis, D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Love So Amazing (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995), p. 126.
We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Humility is a strange flower; it grows best in winter weather, and under storms of affliction.
Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)
All the universe and its forces are being administered for purposes of redemption. The Lamb rules and He rules as the Lamb. How calming to feel this, to look up from the turmoil of this visible, flaring, and tying world—from the shows and shams and the tinted scene of the theater; from all in life that startles and appalls, to Him who sits above it all. From Him all things proceed, and to Him they return in circular flow. The shadows are all passing; the reality is behind. Nothing lasts; our trials are all hasting away to oblivion; let the wind rave as it will, we look at the Christ who abides. How small all our conflicts and ambitions seem to be, how transient and easily borne our sorrows, when we look . . . to the serene King, against whose changeless purpose all the waves of time and circumstance break in vain.
W. R. Nicoll, The Lamb of God
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)