“Nothing Hurts the Godly”

I came across the following quote by Thomas Watson, an English non-conformist pastor of the 17th century, and thought that I would pass it on to you:

To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.”

When Watson says that “nothing hurts the godly” he is not saying that the godly do not suffer pain, rejection, or trouble, but that every pain, rejection, and trouble must first pass through the hands of an all-knowing, and all-powerful God, who will cause each of those afflictions to “work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Our Shepherd is a Sovereign Lord who works all things for His eternal glory and our eternal good. In His hands, you are in good hands.



  1. Sandra Achilles said,

    February 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Thanks, Clifton; I needed to hear that today and all I’m basically facing is bitter cold weather and a busted pipe in our house fire sprinkler system.

    • cliftonr said,

      February 4, 2011 at 6:36 AM

      I am sorry to hear about your dark providence. Our lives can be frustrating, and sorrowful at times (such as when one has plumbing problems), but it does bring comfort to know that God is present and at work in our lives. We pray for you and Jack often, and will continue to do, especially as all of these troubles are going on.

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