by Spurgeon--

Losses are frequently the means God uses
to fetch home His wandering sheep.

Like fierce dogs, they bring wanderers
back to the Shepherd.

When the Christian grows wealthy, and in good repute,
and has good health and a happy family,
he too often wanders away from the Shepherd.

If he is a true child of God, there is a rod prepared for him.

Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.

This will deliver you from clinging to the present world,
and make you long for those eternal things which are so
soon to be revealed to you.