Morning, May 19, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.” — Ecclesiastes 10:7
Upstarts frequently seize the highest places, while the truly great languish in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should complain if it should fall to our own lot. When our Lord was upon earth—although he is the Prince of the kings of the earth—he walked the path of weariness and service as the Servant of servants: what wonder is it if his followers, who are princes of the blood, should also be looked down upon as inferior and contemptible persons? The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are last and the last first. See how the subservient sons of Satan lord it in the earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high! Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate; David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave while Jezebel is boasting in the palace; but who would wish to take the places of the proud, exalted rebels against God? And who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints? When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink. Patience, then, believer: eternity will right the wrongs of time.
Let us not fall into the error of letting our passions and appetite for the world ride in triumph, while our honorable strengths walk in the dust. Grace must reign as a prince and make the members of the body instruments of righteousness. The Holy Spirit loves order, and he therefore sets our powers and abilities in due rank and place, giving the highest room to those spiritual faculties which link us with the great King; do not let us disturb the divine arrangement, but ask for grace that we may discipline our body and bring it into subjection. We were not created anew to allow our passions to rule over us, but that we, as kings, may reign in Christ Jesus over the triple kingdom of spirit, soul, and body, to the glory of God the Father.