Better for an affliction

Godly men get more riches out of their poverty than ever they get out of their revenues.

Godly men are better for an affliction; many godly men are worse for their prosperity.

Jeremiah Burroughs

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2 thoughts on “Better for an affliction

  1. Though some afflication is good for us and some lean times too, unrelenting poverty ranges between a curse and a chastisement. The curse could be corporate, like it is with a lot of people in really poor countries so don’t think that for a minute, I believe that everyone who gerts it is getting it for their sins. I read in Proverbs somewhere a verse that says “something like, “Lord don’t let me get so rich that I forget you or so poor that I curse you.”.

  2. And from Thomas Watson (which I just happened to read before falling asleep last night):

    “‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted‘ (Psalm 119.71). This text, like Moses’ tree cast into the bitter waters of affliction, may make them sweet and wholesome to drink. Afflictions to the godly are medicinal. Out of the most poisonous drugs God extracts our salvation. Afflictions are as needful as ordinances (I Peter 1.6). No vessel can be made of gold without fire; so it is impossible that we should be made vessels of honour, unless we are melted and refined in the furnace of affliction.” (All Things for Good, p. 26)

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