"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them: I the God of Israel will not forsake them" Isaiah 41:17.
Whatever people may say or preachers teach, no one in this world will ever appreciate the Lord Jesus Christ, and the fullness that there is in Him, till they are brought by the eternal Spirit of God to feel that they are poor and needy.
It is God's way, and has been in ages past, and will be still to the end of time, to teach His people first of all their lost state and condition. Many of God's saints can look back to when they were in deep soul trouble. The beginning with them was sorrow, accompanied with much heart searching, but the end will be peace and eternal glory with their God.
— Excerpt from a sermon preached in 1901 by B. C. Turner, Leicester, England (thanks to W. W. Fulton)