This is the reason of affliction; we are so backward in this work that we need be whipped unto it. ‘I will go and return to my place, saith God; till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face’ (Hos. 5.15). God knows that want is a spur to a lazy creature, and therefore doth God break in upon men, and scourge them as with scorpions, that they may bethink themselves and look after God.
– Thomas Manton, One Hundred and Ninety Sermons on The Hundredth and Nineteenth Psalm, vol. I (Carlisle, PA; The Banner of Truth Trust, 1990), 20.