“Blessed be His perfect love! LORD, if Thou send me wealth like broad rivers, do not let the galley with oars come up in the shape of worldliness or pride. If Thou grant me abundant health and happy spirits, do not let “the gallant ship” of carnal ease come sailing up the flowing flood. If I have success in holy service, broad as the German Rhine, yet let me never find the galley of self-conceit and self-confidence floating on the waves of my usefulness. Should I be so supremely happy as to enjoy the light of Thy countenance year after year, yet let me never despise Thy feeble saints, nor allow the vain notion of my own perfection to sail up the broad rivers of my full assurance. LORD, give me that blessing which maketh rich and neither addeth sorrow nor aideth sin.” – Spurgeon
If not for His mercy and grace!…
I’m grateful for God’s forms of exposure.
His exposure keeps me safe.
Isn’t always pleasant – but always useful and meant to complete the work He has started in me.
I pray, whenever the exposure reveals something about me that isn’t praiseworthy – be it worldliness, pride, carnal ease, conceit, self-confidence, vanity, idolatry, callousness, selfish ambition – that I will be quick to turn back. And return to grace.