TRIALS-God the Sender

God breaks the cistern to bring us to the fountain.

Anon.

God loves his people when he strikes them as well as when he strokes them.

Anon.

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.

Anon.

God sends nothing but what can be borne.

Anon.

God sometimes puts his children to bed in the dark.

Anon.

The pressures of life are the hands of the Potter.

Anon.

Those whom God loves he takes to pieces; and then puts them together again.

Anon.

Paradoxical as it may seem, God means not only to make us good, but to make us also happy, by sickness, disaster and disappointment.

C. A. Bartol

Men think that God is destroying them when he is tuning them.

Henry Ward Beecher

We are always in the forge or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

Henry Ward Beecher

God may call you to endure difficulties, but he will never cause you to experience defeat.

John Blanchard

God sometimes puts us in the dark to show us he is the light.

John Blanchard

Nothing that happens to the Christian is accidental or incidental.

John Blanchard

The storms of life no more indicate the absence of God than clouds indicate the absence of the sun.

John Blanchard

Affliction is the expression of paternal love.

Horatius Bonar

The Lord has given me both vinegar and honey, but he has given me the vinegar with a teaspoon and the honey with a ladle.

Billy Bray

Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars of his temple.

Phillips Brooks

Many crosses spring forth to us from the root of God's favour.

John Calvin

Our Father does not afflict to destroy or ruin us, but rather to deliver us from the condemnation of the world.

John Calvin

We are not afflicted by chance, but through the infallible providence of God.

John Calvin

When visited with affliction, it is of great importance that we should consider it as coming from God, and as expressly intended for our good.

John Calvin

Slum clearance is not an end in itself simply to satisfy the town planners, its ultimate aim is to move people to better homes. So in all God's dealings, which may at times appear harsh, he is gently and graciously preparing us for removal.

Herbert Carson

Suffering is God's furnace in which he tests the quality of our faith.

Herbert Carson

By suffering God's will, we learn to do God's will.

Thomas Case

God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.

Richard Cecil

God does not do what false Christianity makes out-keep a man immune from trouble.

Oswald Chambers

If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace. If he has made it bitter, drink it in communion with him.

Oswald Chambers

It is a great thing, when the cup of bitterness is pressed to our lips, to feel that it is not fate or necessity, but divine love working on us for our good ends.

E. H. Chapin

God measures out affliction to our need.

Chrysostom

Count each affliction, whether light or grave, God's messenger sent down to thee.

Aubrey T. De Vere

I had rather have God's vinegar than man's oil, God's wormwood than man's manna.

John Donne

God's pruning is purposeful.

Sinclair Ferguson

Trials... are not threats to God's purposes, but further indications of how meticulously faithful he is to that purpose.

Sinclair Ferguson

God does not always spare us trouble, but he does succour us in trouble.

Vance Havner

The grace, the groans and the glory are all part of the eternal purpose. Where there is no groaning there is no growing now, nor glory to come.

Vance Havner

God ne'er afflicts us more than our desert, Though he may seem to over-act his part. Sometimes he strikes us more than flesh can bear, But yet still less than grace can suffer here.

Robert Herrick

God retains his kindness for his people even when he afflicts them.

Matthew Henry

God sometimes brings his people into a wilderness that there he might speak comfortably to them.

Matthew Henry

God's design in afflicting his people is their probation, not their destruction; their advantage, not their ruin.

Matthew Henry

There may be love in Christ's heart while there are frowns in his face.

Matthew Henry

Winds and clouds are in God's hands, are designed to try us, and our Christianity obliges us to endure hardness.

Matthew Henry

Good when he gives, supremely good, Nor less when he denies. E'en crosses from his sovereign hand Are blessings in disguise.

James Hervey

It is a great consolation to know that dissensions... are not fortuitous, but are ordered by the providence of God, and are designed, as storms, for the purpose of purification.

Charles Hodge

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.

Elbert Hubbard

Troubles appear to be in God's catalogue of mercies, and we cannot do without them.

Thomas Jones

Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.

Robert Leighton

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

C. S. Lewis

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's own or real life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life-the life God is sending one day by day.

C. S. Lewis

God often puts us in situations that are too much for us so that we will learn that no situation is too much for him.

Erwin W. Lutzer

Let God lay on a burden, he will be sure to strengthen the back.

Thomas Lye

Afflictions are but the shadow of God's wings.

George Macdonald

If God sends us on stony paths he will provide us with strong shoes.

Alexander MacLaren

Affliction by itself does not sanctify; it exhausts and embitters, it depresses and entices. It is the presence of God and the use made of it by him, as he relates it to our lives as a whole... that makes adversity salutary.

Donald MacLeod

God sends us miseries, not to make us worse but to make us better.

Thomas Manton

God will never permit any troubles to come upon us unless he has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.

Peter Marshall

I always feel much need of God's afflicting hand.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

If nothing else will do to sever me from my sins, Lord send me such sore and trying calamities as shall awake me from earthly slumbers.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

If we only saw the whole, we should see that the Father is doing little else in the world but training his vines.

Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Our heavenly Father never takes anything from his children unless he means to give them something better.

George Muller

Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise physician prescribes, because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires.

John Newton

Affliction is a talent, entrusted to us by God, which he expects us to improve to his glory and to our own everlasting good.

Brownlow North

It is true that God tempts none, as temptation formally leads into sin; but he orders temptations.

John Owen

God has lessons for us to learn in our times of trouble, and he is strong enough to resist our piteous cries for relief until the discipline of pain does its gracious work in our souls.

James Philip

Having called believers into his grand designs, which means into fellowship with his sufferings, God is not slow to share with them the fruits of his travail, in terms of blessing and glory, here and hereafter.

James Philip

An affliction at God's hands is better than a joy of our own creation.

William S. Plumer

God loves his own children too well to exempt them from affliction.

William S. Plumer

The whole of life is a test, a trial of what is in us, so arranged by God himself.

William S. Plumer

By afflictions God is spoiling us of what otherwise might have spoiled us. When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let go.

Thomas Powell

No matter how long our trial may be, it will never be too long for God's intention.

P. B. Power

God permits no suffering or trials without a purpose, even though that purpose may be hidden from us.

Frank Retief

I bless the Lord that all our troubles come through Christ's fingers, and that he casts sugar among them.

Samuel Rutherford

I would wish each cross were looked in the face seven times, and were read over and over again. It is the messenger of the Lord and speaks something.

Samuel Rutherford

There is no cross or misery that befalls the church of God or any of his children, but it is related to God.

Samuel Rutherford

Every cross is a message from God and intended to do us good in the end.

J. C. Ryle

Let no man think himself the better because he is free from troubles. It is because God sees him not fit to bear greater.

Richard Sibbes

Affliction is not sent in vain from the good God who chastens those he loves.

Robert Southey

It is the Lord's way to tear before he heals. This is the honest love of his heart and the sure surgery of his hand.

C. H. Spurgeon

Our Lord's letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes.

C. H. Spurgeon

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

C. H. Spurgeon

The refiner is never very far from the mouth of the furnace when his gold is in the fire.

C. H. Spurgeon

Trials are no evidence of being without God, since trials come from God!

C. H. Spurgeon

We never have such close dealings with God as when we are in tribulation.

C. H. Spurgeon

Mountains are God's methods.

J. Charles Stern

While the storm gathers let us by faith rejoice in our place behind the shut door-in Christ.

J. Charles Stern

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.

Laurence Sterne

God and adversity will be good company.

George Swinnock

A sculptor does not use a manicure set to reduce the rude, unshapely marble to a thing of beauty.

A. W. Tozer

God is ingenious in making us crosses.

A. W. Tozer

If God has singled you out to be a special object of his grace you may expect him to honour you with stricter discipline and greater suffering than less favoured ones are called upon to endure.

A. W. Tozer

God's wounds are better than Satan's salves.

John Trapp

Affliction is a badge of adoption.

Thomas Watson

God afflicts with the same love as he adopts.

Thomas Watson

God never promises to save us from adversity, only to be with us in the midst of it.

David Watson

Usually, when the Lord intends us some signal mercy, he fits us for it by some eminent trial.

Thomas Watson

Whoever brings an affliction, it is God who sends it.

Thomas Watson

God doesn't save people from punishment or pain. He saves them by giving them the strength and the spirit to bear it.

Leonard Wilson

We may feel God's hand as a Father upon us when he strikes us as well as when he strokes us.

Abraham Wright

The God of circumstances will not place one upon us that is heavier than we can bear.

Spiros Zodhiates