Affliction is COMMON with God’s people. Knowing that brings comfort because they may be tempted, and often are, to think they are wrong, or on the wrong path, and to give up serving Christ by shifting to a compromised or sinful policy.
1 Peter 5:9 KJV
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
If an Apostle experienced death, so may we. God is good too when we go through that valley of the shadow of death.
2 Corinthians 1:7-9 KJV
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Job overcame and prospered. You say, ‘What?!?’ He blessed God in the midst of his very heavy losses. He goes from a king to scum. That’s hard! Yet he overcame in his praise and giving God glory. I have personally heard Prosperity Gospel teachers say that Job was wrong in doing this. Nonsense! In fact, this is the highest and most pleasing praise God loves! So of course Satan will lie about that through prosperity Gospel teachers…BUT ITS OF THE DEVIL!
Job 1:20-22 KJV
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord .  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Now let’s consider John Brown. But before we do that I would like to also cite brother Yun in his book The Heavenly Man. In that book he speaks of many intense sufferings that he endured for Christ’s sake as a Christian. Now to John Brown.
5. Moreover, they may be in such a condition a long time, and all the while have no light of comfort, as we may see in Job and Heman. They may even walk in darkness, and have no light of comfort, Isa. 1. 10.
6. Yea, and also be without the hope of a delivery or outgate. Hence crieth Heman, Psalm lxxxviii. 4-5, “I am counted with them that go down into the pit, free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more, and they are cut off from thine hand.” Yea, they may be driven to the very border of despair, and conclude that there is no hope, as the church did, Ezek. xxxvii. 11, “Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost, and we are cut off for our parts;” and as Job, chap. vii. 6, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope;” and chap. xix. 10, “He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: mine hope hath been removed like a tree.”
Now, though sometimes, as we see in Job, and in Heman too, a soul may be under such a sad and sharp dispensation, and yet not brought to question their state, or to conclude themselves children of wrath, lying still in black nature, yet it is not so with all who are so exercised; but many under such a dispensation, may at least be in the dark as to their state before God; and if they do not positively assert their state to be bad, yet they do much question if they be in the state of grace, and would be comforted under all their pressures and afflictions, if they could win to the least well-grounded apprehension of their interest in Christ.
CHRIST THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Ch 16
First. It is here clearly presupposed, that even believers have need of Christ to be life unto them; and so have their fits of deadness. If it were not so, why would Christ have said to believers, that he was life? And daily experience doth abundantly confirm it. For,
1. They are oft so weak and unable to resist temptation, or to go about any commanded duty, as if they were quite dead.
2. They are oft so borne down with discouragement, because of the strength of opposition which they meet with on all hands; and because of the manifold disappointments which they meet with, that they have neither heart nor hand; and they faint and set up in the ways of the Lord; and cannot go through difficulties, but oftentimes lie by.
3. Through daily fighting, and seeing no victory, they become weary and faint-hearted; so that they lie by as dead, Isa. xl. 29.
4. They oft fall sick and decay, and have need of restoration and quickening.
5. The want of the sense of God’s favour, and of the comforts of the Holy Ghost, maketh them to dwine and droop, and look out as dead.
6. While under soul desertions upon one account or other, they look upon themselves as free among the dead, that is, as dead men, of the society of the dead, with Heman, Psalm lxxxviii.
7. Yea, many times they are as dead men, led captive in chains of unbelief and corruptions, as we see David was, when his heart panted, and his strength failed him, and the light of his eyes were gone from him, Psalm xxxviii. 10.
8. Many times the frequent changes, and ups and downs they meet with, take all courage and heart from them, that they become like men tossed at sea, so as they have no more strength.
And many such things befall them, which make them look as dead, and to stand in need of quickening, reviving and strengthening cordials from him who is the life. And thus the Lord thinketh good to dispense with his own people,
CHRIST THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Ch 19
The above quotes may be found here…
John Brown, Christ the Way…