~from Thomas Watson’s book “A Divine Cordial“:
“Afflictions work for good, as they are the means of loosening our hearts from the world.
When you dig away the earth from the root of a tree, it is to loosen the tree from the earth: so God digs away our earthly comforts to loosen our hearts from the earth.
A thorn grows up with every flower.
God would have the world hang as a loose tooth which, being twitched away does not much trouble us.
Is it not good to be weaned? The oldest saints need it. Why does the Lord break the conduit pipe, but that we may go to him, in whom are ‘all our fresh springs’ (Psalm 87:7).”