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Afflictions: Winning the Heart for God
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Payson thus beautifully writes:'I have been all my life like a child whose father wishes to fix his undivided attention. At first the child runs about the room, but his father ties up his feet; he then plays with his hands until they likewise are tied. Thus he continues to do, till he is completely tied up. Then, when he can do nothing else, he will attend to his father. Just so has God been dealing with me, to induce me to place my happiness in him alone. But I blindly continued to look for it here, and God has kept cutting off one source of enjoyment after another, till I find that I can do without them all, and yet enjoy more happiness than ever in my life before.'
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Afflictions: Winning the Heart for God'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​a/afflictions-winning-the-heart-for-god.html. 1870.