The Danger of Prosperity

…they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide… – Jeremiah 33:9

Even when we are filled with holy delight it is hard to carry a full cup with a steady hand. When most lifted up with spiritual joy we are not beyond gunshot of the enemy. We need the armour of God on the right hand as well as on the left. Even when we serve the Lord it must be with fear, and in His glorious presence we must rejoice with trembling. In the cup of salvation there are drops of bitterness, and so must it be, for unmixed delight in this world would be dangerous. Unbroken prosperity in worldly things has proved perilous to many Christians. It is no theory, but a matter of sad fact, that many men, as they rise as to one world sink as to another. I am even afraid that long-continued health of body is not always for the health of a man’s soul; and that to be without care and trouble, is not the readiest way to soul-prosperity. When the sea is smooth the ship makes poor sailing. Men are bird-limed by their rest and ease and have small care to fly heavenward. We are apt to lose our God among our goods. Is it not so? If the world’s roses had no thorns should we not think it paradise, and forego all desire for the gardens above? If Israel in Egypt had dwelt luxuriously, would a cry for deliverance have ever gone up to heaven? and had Pharaoh been content to ease their burdens, would they ever have marched for Canaan? Alas, we are apt to chill in our desires for heaven when we get to the warm side of the hedge and hear the smooth side of the world’s tongue. When the flowers of earth charm us we cast our eyes downward and forget the stars of heaven— at least, the danger lies that way.

Wise men dare not ask for unmingled prosperity, for they are not sure they can bear it. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

5 thoughts on “The Danger of Prosperity

  1. Another good share Sherry! How many put value on their lives by how much they have accumulated. Our life is in Christ and He alone causes us to be rich in the knowledge that saves us from death. God Bless and Keep you Always.

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    • Here is a prayer from Proverbs that I pray often:

      30:7 Two things I request of You
      (Deprive me not before I die):
      8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
      Give me neither poverty nor riches—
      Feed me with the food allotted to me;
      9 Lest I be full and deny You,
      And say, “Who is the Lord?”
      Or lest I be poor and steal,
      And profane the name of my God.

      He knows best for each of us, and we have our Ebenezer stones to show for it.

      God bless you, too, Julia, amen!

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  2. 8 “O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
    9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
    10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
    11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
    12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

    The wealthy place in God comes not with ease but comes to those who yield themselves to the wisdom of His ways within us.

    Good share.

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