Archive for the ‘experiencing God in suffering’ Category

the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness

February 6, 2010

‘In the matter of faith-healing, health is set before us as if it were the great thing to be desired above all other things. Is it so? I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has. . . . A sick wife, a newly-made grave, poverty, slander, sinking of spirit, might teach us lessons nowhere else to be learned so well. Trials drive us to the realities of religion.’

Spurgeon

In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God

December 8, 2009

I never knew what it was for God to stand by me at all turns… as I have found him since I came in hither (in prison)…In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God . . . . Jesus Christ was never more real and apparent than now.

John Bunyan, in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.209