I write this with all reverence: God Himself cannot deliver a person who is not in trouble. Therefore, it is to some advantage to be in distress, because God can then deliver you. Even Jesus Christ, the Healer of me, cannot heal a person who is not sick. Therefore, sickness is not an adversity for us, but rather an advantageous opportunity for Christ to heal us. The point is, my reader, your adversity may prove your advantage by offering occasion for the display of divine grace.
Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. Psalm 119:92 Teach me Your Word during this season of my life like I have never known it before, and make this verse my testimony when I emerge from this place. Beth Moore
God never misses a single tear of the oppressed. He sees our suffering and knows the depth of our need. He anguishes yet he waits...until the tears that have fallen on dry ground or upon the shoulders of others equally frail are poured instead before His throne. He waits - not until the oppressed cry out - but until we cry out to Him. Only then will we know the One and Only who redeems us. "Praying God's Word" Beth Moore
These words spoke to me so powerfully this morning as I sat quietly before the Lord asking for His word to refresh my soul and for my afflictions to be removed.