Of Storms and Sanctification

How would the great work of sanctification go on in a man if he had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning-knife which the great Husbandman employs in order to make us fruitful in good works. The harvest of the Lord’s field is seldom ripened by sunshine only. It must go through its days of wind, and rain, and storm.

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness.


One comment

  1. While I think a lot of Christians will agree with this metaphor and logic, a lot of non-Christians don’t get it completely. In the wrong hands, this type of logic can be used to justify atrocities of man, such as rape, as just another ‘trial sent from God’ which becomes ‘God wanted you to get raped.’ Obviously that’s not the case, but this type of logic can go both ways.

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