Sermon quotes on trouble

William Barclay

There is a time when to avoid trouble is to store up trouble and when to seek for a lazy and a cowardly peace is to court a still greater danger.

E.M. Bounds

Trouble and prayer are closely related. Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble.

Kent Crockett

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” not “blessed are the troublemakers.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.

Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Henry Drummond

Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.

John Keats

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”

Letters of John Keats (Oxford Letters & Memoirs)

Dr. Seuss

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

Charles Spurgeon

The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.

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A troublemaker is a man who can rock the boat and persuade everybody there’s a terrible storm at sea.

John Wesley

The bottom of the soul may be in repose, even while we are in many outward troubles; just as the bottom of the sea is calm, while the surface is strongly agitated.

Elton Trueblood

Occasionally we talk about our Christianity as something that solves problems, and there is a sense in which it does. Long before it does so, however, it increases both the number and the intensity of the problems. Even our intellectual questions are increased by the acceptance of a strong religious faith…if a man wishes to avoid the disturbing effect of paradoxes, the best advice is for him to leave the Christian faith alone.

The Incendiary Fellowship

James Merritt

Jesus does not guard us from difficulty; he guards us in difficulty.

52 Weeks with Jesus, Harvest House Publishers.

Eugene Peterson

The moment I begin exercising my will, I find that I have put a fox in charge of the chicken coop. My will is my glory; it is also what gives me the most trouble.

The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Eerdmans, 1993, 98.

G.K. Chesterton

Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.

Max Lucado

Don’t see your struggle as an interruption to life but as preparation for life. No one said the road would be easy or painless. But God will use your mess for something good. “This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. . . . God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best” (Hebrews 12:8, 10 MSG).

God Will Carry You Through, Thomas Nelson, 2013, p.61.

Julian Of Norwich

He did not say: You will not be troubled,

you will not be belaboured,

you will not be disquieted; but he said:

You will not be overcome.

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