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Uninterrupted prosperity

Sometimes to start my time with the Lord I read from an online devotional that is a collection of writings by Charles Spurgeon. This morning he said something that challenged me...

To be left uncorrected would be a fatal sign: it would prove that the Lord had said, "He is given unto idols, let him alone." God grant that such may never be our portion! Uninterrupted prosperity is a thing to cause fear and trembling. As many as God tenderly loves He rebukes and chastens: those for whom He has no esteem He allows to fatten themselves without fear, like bullocks for the slaughter. It is in love that our heavenly Father uses the rod upon His children.

- Charles Spurgeon


Uninterrupted prosperity...so often I think this is the secret desire of my heart...I say out loud that I want God to shape and mold me, but secretly I yearn for something different...maybe this is a hope for eternity, which would be more righteous, but if I'm honest I think it is a desire for there never to be any struggle. How challenging though to hear that experiencing the continual lack of struggle or correction this side of heaven would be evidence of the lack of God's hand on my life. He is a good Father...He shapes and molds His children. I think if we are honest that's a hard thing to actually desire. That's my prayer today...that I would recognize God's hand in my struggles, that I would rejoice in His involvement, and that I wouldn't yearn for the things that are evidence of His departure...