Afflicted to Comfort

“Why does God lay trouble upon His people and comfort them in it? It is that He may make them comforters of others— ‘that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.’ A man who has never had any trouble is very awkward when he tries to comfort troubled hearts. Hence, the minister of Christ, if he is to be of much use in God’s service, must have great trouble. ‘Prayer, meditation, and affliction,’ says Melanchthon, ‘are the three things that make the minister of God.’ There must be prayer. There must be meditation and there must be affliction. You cannot pronounce the promise correctly in the ears of the afflicted unless you, yourself, have known its preciousness in your own hour of trial. It is God’s will that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, should often work by men according to that ancient word of His, ‘Comfort you, comfort you My people, says your God. Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem.’ These comforting men are to be made— they are not born so— and they have to be made by passing through the furnace themselves. They cannot comfort others unless they have had trouble and have been comforted in it.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Wow! Spurgeon certainly has the most wonderful way of expressing great truth’s, doesn’t he?

    Taking a step beyond his expression here, I wonder, in light of this, if those whom God crushes and afflicts are those whom He has best equipped for service.

    • Mr. Spurgeon’s quote rather went along with your last post from Mr. Bonar.

      Thank you for your comments, sister. Lord bless you!

  2. SO TRUE!

    “who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

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