“Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Psalm 34:19. “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives!” Hebrews 12:6. Health is the greatest temporal blessing that God ever sends us–besides sickness, which is far better.
There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles–they believe that Sovereignty has ordained all their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.
I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had, have turned out to be my best days. And when God has seemed most cruel to me, He has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless him more than for anything else–it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things, the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me. Our Father’s wagons rumble most heavily, when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of His grace. (Charles Spurgeon)