Jer 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.
schemes and projects the LORD'S people may devise that they may prosper
and get on in the world, he rarely suffers their plans to thrive.
knows well to what consequences it would lead; that this ivy creeping
round the stem would, as it were, suffocate and strangle the tree.
more that worldly goods increase, the more the heart is fixed upon them;
and the more the affections are set upon idols, the more is the heart
drawn away from the LORD.
He will not suffer his people to have their
portion here below.
He, therefore, says to them in his providence, as
well as in his word, "Seek them not."
But you will perhaps say, "What
are we then to seek?" I will tell you in one word, - Realities.
these great things that you are seeking after? say in religion.
you see them in their right light, you would see that they are but
You feel, for instance, your deficiency in gift in public when
you are called upon to pray, or in private when you converse with those
who possess readier speech,
And you want what are commonly called gifts,
such as a greater fluency of utterance, more ability to quote
Scripture, and a more abundant variety of expressions, so as to make a
deeper impression on the hearers...
The real want being that you might
stand higher in their estimation.
But what would these gifts, if you had
them to the fullest extent, so that men might almost worship you for
them, do for you when you shall be called upon to lie upon a
death-bed--when eternity is in view, and your soul has to deal with GOD
You will want no gifts then. Grace will be the only thing which
can do you any good.
~J. C. Philpot~