"...When an affliction doth befall you, there may be many good senses made of Gods works towards you, you should think thus, it may be God intends only to try me by this, it may be God saw my heart too much set upon the creature, and so intends to show me what there is in my heart, it may be that God saw that if my estate did continue, I should fall into sin, that the better my estate were, the worse my soul would be, it may be God intended only to exercise some grace, it may be God intends to prepare me for some great work which he hath for me."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651.- Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.138.
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