“Certain of my brothers are frequently in trouble. Their whole life is a floundering out of one slough of despond into another. You have had many losses in business—nothing but losses, perhaps. You have had many crosses, disappointments, bereavements— nothing prospers with you. Well, brother, there is this consolation—you are one of a very large family, for many of God’s people pass though just such tribulation… Christ has said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” It is no sign, beloved, that you are not a child of God because you feel the rod—it is rather a token of your being one of the adopted, because you are made to pass under the rod… remember that none of your trials can prove you to be a lost man.”
—CHARLES SPURGEON, THE BELIEVER SINKING IN THE MIRE.