Monday, May 24, 2010
Watson on the usefulness of afflictions
Some quick quotes on God's use of suffering from the homiletical wordsmith Thomas Watson's All Things for Good [original title, A Divine Cordial, 1663]:
"Afflications to the godly are medicinal."
"A sick bed often teaches more than a sermon."
"When you dig away the earth from the root of a tree, it is to loosen the tree from the earth; so God digs away earthly comforts to loosen our hearts from the earth."
"When God brings a deluge of affliction upon us, then we fly to the ark of Christ."
"The worst that God does to his children is to whip them to heaven."
"When God lays men upon their backs, then they look up to heaven."