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Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy Paperback – January 31, 2008
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"Horatius Bonar, a well-known nineteenth-century minister called 'the prince of Scottish hymn-writers,' was also a prolific writer of scriptural, practical, and experiential Christian literature. Two of his books that bore considerable fruit and have often been reprinted were The Night of Weeping and The Morning of Joy, here reprinted under one cover. The Night of Weeping expounds compassionately and beautifully a biblical view of suffering, showing how it is an integral part of belonging to God's family, how to cope with it, and how it benefits the believer. The chapters on the purifying and solemnizing fruits of suffering are themselves worth the price of the book. The Morning of Joy shows how God leads believers to rejoice in the present and future joys of the living church, particularly through fellowshiping with the resurrected Christ. The chapters on the majestic kingdom of Christ and the superlative joys of glory are most uplifting. By the Spirit's grace, both books can be life-changing; they present us with a clear, powerful, profound, and balanced view of the Christian life and of God's dealings with His people." -- Joel R. Beeke
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Horatius Bonar was a well-known nineteenth-century minister called the prince of Scottish hymn-writers, and also a prolific writer of scriptural, practical, and experiential Christian literature.
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Night of Weeping gave me a much better understanding of God's Providence. Bonar's thoughts about it were the most comprehensive I have thus far read in my 9 years as a Christian; they were also the most comforting. Furthermore, my assurance was bolstered, knowing that God has specific purposes to accomplish in the lives of His children and that all events in my life must be viewed in these terms; these are to conform us to the image of His Son. I have just finished the Night of Weeping and am looking forward to reading the second half of the book, Morning of Joy.
I highly recommend this book. I put it right up there with Pilgrim's Progress because it sheds much light on the experiential aspect of our walk with the Lord. I ordered several more copies to give to those I know who are under afflictions of various kinds, as I would have them experience the blessings I have from seeing more clearly the hand of God in my life.
Well-versed in suffering, Bonar is also well-versed in faith, and his faith strikes a flint to ours, inflaming it to endure trials under the sovereign grace and mercy of our loving Father. Bonar's language is plain, his manner that of a faith-warrior, "loving yet wise," "fond yet strict," terms he uses to describe God's dealings with us, His family, the Church (21). The Night of Weeping will turn your face homeward as only a Scripture-built work can.
EXCERPT from Chapter 4, "The Family Discipline" regarding sanctification:
"The discipline begins at our conversion. The moment we are taken into the family it commences. 'He scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.' It is not always visible; neither are we at all times conscious of its operation. Nevertheless, from the very day that 'we are begotten again to a lively hope' it begins.
... It is the discipline of power. He who is carrying it on is not one who can be baffled and forced to give up His design. He is able to carry it out in the unlikeliest circumstances and against the most resolute resistance. Everything must give way before Him. This thought is, I confess, to me one of the most comforting connected with the discipline. If it could fail, if God could be frustrated in His designs after we have suffered so much, it would be awful! To be scourged and suffer pain by one who is not able to make good to us the profit of this would add inconceivable bitterness to the trial. And then our hearts are so hard, our wills so stubborn that nothing save an Almighty pressure applied to them can work the desired change. Oh, when the soul is at strife within itself, battling in desperate conflict with its stormy lusts, when the flesh rises up in its strength and refuses to yield, when the whole heart appears like iron or is adamant, it is most blessed to think upon God's chastisements as the discipline of power! It is this that assures us that all shall yet be well. And it is in the strength of this assurance that we gird ourselves for the battle, knowing that we must be more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
... It is the grasp of an infinite hand that is upon us, and nothing can resist its pressure. All is love, all is wisdom, all is faithfulness, yet all is also power. The very possibility of failure is thus taken away. Were it not for this power there could be no certainty of blessing, and were it not for this certainty, how poor and partial would our comfort be! He, yes, He who chastises us is 'able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us' (Ephesians 3:20)."