Q&A: Puritan Quotes on Adversity

Puritan Quotes on Adversity

Question

Thanks for he Puritan quotes on salvation and self-examination. I have a few more requests. Can you list some Puritan quotes in reference to adversity/affliction?

Answer

You are most certainly welcome. Here are some quotes concerning adversity:

ROBERT LEIGHTON - Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

JOHN TRAPP - One son God hath without sin, but none without sorrow.

THOMAS WATSON - "Man is born to trouble"; he is heir apparent to it; he comes into the world with a cry, and goes out with a groan.

THOMAS WATSON - Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.

WILLIAM BRIDGE - If the darkness which a man be under be such, that there are some openings of light withal, then it is the darkness of a cloud, and not of the night.... Now thus it is always with the people of God. They never are in any affliction, temptation, or desertion, but before their great deliverance comes, they have some special providence, some reviving in the midst of their trouble, some interim of light, some openings of the cloud; and therefore, in the midst of all, they may say, Surely this my darkness is not the darkness of the night, but of a cloud. I say, there is no discouragement befalls the saints, but the matter thereof is a cloud, and they may say, It is but a cloud, it will pass over.

THOMAS WATSON - Affliction has a sting, out withal a wing: sorrow shall fly away.

THOMAS WATSON - There is more evil in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction.

JOSEPH HALL - Not to be afflicted is a sign of weakness; for, therefore God imposeth no more on me, because He sees I can bear no more.

WILLIAM WHATELY - When you meet with crosses and calamities, say, "Now I see God's justice and God's truth; now I see the hatefulness and hurtfulness of sin; and therefore now I will mourn, not because I am crossed, but because I have deserved this cross, and a worse too."

SAMUEL RUTHERFORD - Well's them who are under crosses, and Christ says to them, "Half Mine."

JOHN BUNYAN - Look how fears have presented themselves, so have supports and encouragements; yea, when I have started, even as it were at nothing else but my shadow, yet God, as being very tender of me, hath suffered me to be molested, but would with one Scripture or another, strengthen me against all; insomuch that I have often said, Were it awful, I could pray for greater trouble, for the greater comfort's sake.

JOHN TRAPP - He that rides to be crowned, will not think much of a rainy day.

Other Puritan Quotes:

Salvation
Self-Examination
Adversity
Atheism
Providence
Election

Reference

Thomas, I. The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations (electronic ed.). Simpsonville SC: Christian Classics Foundation, 1996.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).