“Clear shining from God must be at the bottom of deep labouring with God. What is the reason that so many in our days set their hands to the plough, and looked back again? — begin to serve Providence in great things, but cannot finish? — give over in the heat of the day? They never had any such revelation of the mind of God upon their spirits, such a discovery of His excellence, as might serve for a bottom of such undertakings.”
–John Owen, as quoted in Peter Barraclough, John Owen (1616-1683) (London: Independent Press Ltd., 1961), 6.
[HT: Michael A.G. Haykin]