Beloved, you have a Wonderful Counselor. Heed his instruction about what is better.
Much of the Christian life does not involve suffering, but is one of mundane, normal days under the good gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights. These days are crucial in our sanctification.
This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us. And, by God's grace, we will accomplish this task by his word and power.
This is what you preach, seek to understand, adore, and center your life on – the gospel.
John came to point, he came to bear witness about the light, Jesus Christ.
Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less.
True happiness is obedience to the word of God and our dependency on it.
Though there was a desert around him, there was no desert in his soul.