“Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured.” – Psalm 132:1
God’s people have no charter of exemption from troubles in this life. While the wicked are kept in sugar, the godly are often kept in brine [salty marinade].
A sick bed often teaches more than a sermon.
We can best see the ugly visage of sin in the mirror of affliction.
If we have more of the rough file, then we have less rust! Afflictions carry away nothing but the dross of sin.
Time is short (1 Corinthians 7:29). If our lives are short, then our trials cannot be long.
Afflictions quicken our pace in the way to Heaven.
Though the cross is heavy, we have only a little way to carry it.
Affliction is the touch-stone of sincerity. “You O God, have proved us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You laid affliction upon us” (Psalm 66:10-11). Hypocrites may embrace religion in times of prosperity, but he is a true Christian who will keep close to God in a time of suffering. “All this has come upon us, yet have we not forgotten You!” (Psalm 44:17)
The stones which are cut out for a building are first hewn and squared. The godly are called “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5). God first hews and polishes them by affliction, that they may be fit for the heavenly building. The house of bondage prepares us for the house not made with hands.
– Thomas Watson