Read this quote today during our family worship from Douglas Bond’s excellent devotional – Fathers & Sons: Hold Fast In a Broken World:
Come to a man who hath the world at will and tell, “This is not your happiness; you have higher things to look after,” and how little will he regard you! But when affliction comes, it speaks convincingly, and will be heard when preachers cannot. What warm, affectionate, eager thoughts we have of the world till affliction cool them and moderate them! How few and cold would our thoughts of heaven be, how little should we care for coming thither, if God would give us rest on earth! When the world is worth nothing, then heaven is worth something.
– Richard Baxter, The Saints Everlasting Rest