When you are reading a book in a dark room, and find it difficult, you take it to a window to get more light. So take your Bible to Christ.
— Robert Murray M’Cheyne
As men cherish young plants at first, and fence them about to keep them from hurt, but when they are grown, they remove them, and then leave them to the wind and weather, so God besets His children first with props of inward comforts, but afterwards exposes them to storms and winds, because they are better able to bear it. Therefore let no man think himself the better because he is free from troubles. It is because God sees him not fit to bear greater.
— Richard Sibbes