There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty.
Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles - they believe . . .
that Sovereignty has ordained all their afflictions,
that Sovereignty overrules them, and
that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.
I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had, have turned out to be my best days. And when God has seemed most cruel to me, He has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless him more than for anything else--it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things, the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me. Our Father's wagons rumble most heavily, when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of His grace.
I have learned to kiss the stormy waves which throw me up against the Rock of Ages!
The tears of affliction, are often needed to keep the eye of faith bright.
The furnace of affliction is a good place for you, Christian.
It benefits you--it helps you to become more like Christ, and it is fitting you for Heaven.
I would never have known the Savior's love half as much - if I had never been in the storms of affliction.
Our afflictions become the black velvet on which the diamond of God's love glitters all the more brightly!