“The ultimate reason… why God fills our lives with troubles and perplexities, of one sort and another, is to ensure that we learn to hold him fast. The reason why the Bible spends so much of its time reiterating that God is a strong rock, a firm defence, and a sure refuge and help for the weak, is that God spends so much of his time bringing home to us that we are weak, both mentally and morally, and dare not trust ourselves to find, or to follow, the right road.”

J. I. Packer, lecturer and theologian