“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
– Ecclesiastes 7:14, ESV
“In thine adversity consider that thou deserv’st it all; that, hadst thou nothing but adversity, ’twere but thy due; that every moment free from trouble is a mercy. Had the full curse been poured on thee and me, our life were nought but sorrow and vexation.–Consider that God afflicts thee for thy profit, to bring thy sins to mind, and lead thee to the Cross. Believer, God chastens thee in love, to make thee still partaker of His holiness. (Heb. xii. 10.) How oft hast thou forgotten Him! But He forgets not thee, and thus He chastens thee.
Consider, how much thou livest to the world–how little to the Lord. How earthly, sensual, and devilish thy nature! Thy thoughts, how vain! Thy service, how unprofitable! Consider, then, God’s love in chastening thee.–Art thou in sickness, consider thy many days of former health–all undeserved by thee!–In sleepless nights, consider how many nights thou hast slept soundly and sweetly–all undeserved by thee!
Consider Him, who gives thee songs in the night–all undeserved by thee! In poverty, consider how all thy former wants have been supplied, food raiment, lodging, and so many comforts–all undeserved by thee!–Hast thou incurred the loss of sight or hearing, the loss of limbs, or power of using them; consider then, thy former powers; how much enjoyment thou hast had in seeing, hearing, moving, handling–all undeserved by thee! Art thou kept from going to the house of prayer? Are all thy Sabbaths spent at home–it may be on a bed of languishing? Consider how many Sabbaths thou hast spent in full enjoyment of the means of grace–all undeserved by thee!
Consider Jesus, the Fountain of all ordinances; the Bread of life; the Shepherd of the sheep; the Prophet, Priest, and Teacher of His people. Still thou hast Jesus–Lord of the Sabbath, the spring of Sabbath blessings–all undeserved by thee! Thou tried believer, CONSIDER, then, thy light afflictions; they are but for a moment; ordered in wisdom, tenderness, and love. CONSIDER Jesus! what sufferings He endured–all for unworthy thee! Then faint not, nor be weary, but consider the “weight of glory”–glory eternal–glory “far more exceeding” than thy woes–glory, all undeserved by thee! (2 Cor. iv. 17.)”
– George W. Mylne