Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great Affliction, Sweet Instruction

"There are some things good but not pleasant, as sorrow and affliction. Sin is pleasant, but unprofitable; and sorrow is profitable, but unpleasant. As waters are purest when they are in motion, so saints are generally holiest when in affliction. Some Christians resemble those children who will learn their books no longer than while the rod is on their backs. It is well known that by the greatest affliction the Lord has sealed the sweetest instruction. Many are not bettered by the judgments they see, when they are by the judgments they have felt. The purest gold is the most pliable. That is the best blade which bends well without retaining its crooked figure." --William Secker, 1660.

William Secker's comments on Psalm 119:71 "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." as quoted in

The Treasury of David, 3 Volumes
By Charles Spurgeon / Hendrickson Publishers

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