Thomas Watson

[The godly man] will be thankful in adversity as well as prosperity … A gracious soul is thankful and rejoices that he is drawn nearer to God, even though it is by the cords of affliction. When it goes well with him, he praises God’s mercy; when it goes badly with him, he magnifies God’s justice. When God has a rod in his hand, a godly man will have a psalm in his mouth. The devil’s striking of Job was like striking on a musical instrument; Job sounded forth praise: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

—Thomas Watson
The Godly Man’s Picture, IV.17, 502.


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