This depression comes over me whenever the Lord is preparing a larger blessing for my ministry; the cloud is black before it breaks, and overshadows before it yields its downpour of mercy.
Depression has now become to me as a prophet in rough clothing, a John the Baptist, heralding the nearer coming of my Lord’s richer benison. (Benediction)
So have far better men found it. The cleansing of the vessel has fitted it for the Master’s use.
Immersion in suffering has preceded the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Fasting gives an appetite for the banquet.
The Lord is revealed in the backside of the desert, while his servant keepeth the sheep
and waits in solitary awe.
The wilderness is the way to Canaan.
The low valley leads to the towering mountain.
Defeat prepares for victory.
The raven is sent forth before the dove.
The darkest hour of the night proceeds the day – dawn.
The mariners go down to the depths, but the next wave makes them mount to the heaven.
Their soul is melted because of the trouble before he bringeth them to their desired haven.
No man to my knowledge continues to be such an encouragement to so many as C.H. Spurgeon much more than a century after his home going.
The Lord has dealt with me so many times by this means. The road to Jerusalem always goes through Ziklag. Encourage yourself in the Lord!