Morning, February 10

“I know how to abound.”
Philippians 4:12

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 refining 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. When he had much he knew how to use it. Abundant grace enabled him to bear abundant prosperity. When he had a full sail he was loaded with much ballast, and so floated safely. It needs more than human skill to carry the brimming cup of mortal joy with a steady hand, yet Paul had learned that skill, for he declares, “In all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry.” It is a divine lesson to know how to be full, for the Israelites were full once, but while the flesh was yet in their mouth, the wrath of God came upon them. Many have asked for mercies that they might satisfy their own hearts’ lust. Fulness of bread has often made fulness of blood, and that has brought on wantonness of spirit. When we have much of God’s providential mercies, it often happens that we have but little of God’s grace, and little gratitude for the bounties we have received. We are full and we forget God: satisfied with earth, we are content to do without heaven. Rest assured it is harder to know how to be full than it is to know how to be hungry—so desperate is the tendency of human nature to pride and forgetfulness of God. Take care that you ask in your prayers that God would teach you “how to be full.”

“Let not the gifts thy love bestows

Estrange our hearts from thee.”

One thought on “Morning, February 10

  1. This is rarely written about yet so very true. I often thought that it may have been Paul’s biggest challenge to learn how to abound in much. Being wealthy can be the most harmful thing for a Christian and to an unbeliever. Thankfully by God’s Grace we can do anything through Him that strengthens us including the handeling of wealth. If you have a successful job or business praise God and give him the credit for giving you the talents that you possess to be financially successful and then honor Him with your wealth. You may have other trials in your life to help keep you close to Him and dependent upon Him. If so, consider those trials a huge blessing. Nothing is worse then growing cold towards our Lord and Savior. It’s not good to rest in our laurels and cruise to the finish line. Pray that you not grow cold

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