I started a new book this morning. All Things For Good (buy, read) is written by the Puritan Thomas Watson the 17th Century minister of St Stephen's Walbrook.
Watson writes out of the motivation to resolve two difficulties he observes in the ministry. The first 'to make the wicked sad' in other words to show the non-Christian the awfulnes of their own sin and the judgement. And Secondly 'to make the godly joyful' with the promises of the Word by the Spirit.
So Watson writes:
'To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.'
I plan to blog through the book as a co-worker for your joy (2 Cor 1v24) because I've been so blessed by it!