A child of God cannot but greatly desire a more enlarged and [experiential] acquaintance with His holy word, and this attainment is greatly promoted by our trials. The far greater part of the promises in Scripture are made and suited to a state of affliction and, though we may believe they are true, we cannot so well know their sweetness, power, and suitableness unless we ourselves are in a state to which they refer. – John Newton (1725-1807), from a letter to Mrs. Lucy Thornton
From: Jewels from John Newton: Daily Readings from the Works of John Newton, edited by Miller Ferrie (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2016). Entry for April 4.