All my changes come from Him who never changes. If I had grown rich, I should have seen His hand in it, and I should have praised Him; let me equally see His hand if I am made poor, and let me as heartily praise Him.
When we go down in the world, it is of the LORD, and so we may take
it patiently: when we rise in the world, it is of the LORD, and we may
accept it thankfully.
In any case, the LORD hath done it, and it is
It seems that Jehovah's way is to lower those whom He means to
raise and to strip those whom He intends to clothe.
If it is His way, it
is the wisest and best way.
If I am now enduring the bringing low, I
may well rejoice, because I see in it the preface to the lifting up.
more we are humbled by grace, the more we shall be exalted in glory.
That impoverishment which will be overruled for our enrichment is to be
O LORD, Thou has taken me down of late and made me feel my
insignificance and sin.
It is not a pleasant experience, but I pray Thee
make it a profitable one to me.
Oh, that Thou wouldst thus fit me to
bear a greater weight of delight and of usefulness; and when I am ready
for it, then grant it to me, for Christ's sake!