Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I know how to abound

Morning and Evening February 10th

There are many who know "how to be abased" who have not learned "how to abound." When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. The crucible of adversity is a less severe trial to the Christian than the fining-pot of prosperity. Oh, what leanness of soul and neglect of spiritual things have been brought on through the very mercies and bounties of God! Yet this is not a matter of necessity, for the apostle tells us that he knew how to abound.

2 comments:

Janine said...

I read this this morning as well! I was reflecting that our hard times with finances was a gentler 'sifting' than the prosperity I think I want. God indeed knows our frame. This and the reminder in last night's reading to pray to be kept from temptation and from the evil one, have given me much to reflect on today. Our God is so good to us, and sometimes we just don't understand how merciful He is being in His choice of our refinings.
Janine

Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

We are reading the "Morning and Evening" in our family. It is full of such wonderful treasures!