Down busy self, and proud impatience

“He chose our inheritance for us” — Psalm 47:4

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition…

…Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.” Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!

“Trials must and will befall—
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all;
This is happiness to me.”

-Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

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6 thoughts on “Down busy self, and proud impatience

  1. Did you know I needed to read that? Right now, at this very moment? Thank you! Lorri

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  2. This feels reminiscent of the heart of that awesome article you shared on singleness. The idea that your situation right now is God’s best for you. It’s so easy to fall in a sick cycle of discontentment or feeling like something better is just around the corner. My heart’s prayer is for blessedness, contentment in all circumstances, and an assurance that God is not denying me any of His goodness here and now. This is His best! Thanks for this!

    1. Mmmm, you’re right. That idea that where I am today is EXACTLY where I need to be is one that means a lot to me, and that I need to hear repeatedly. That’s the lie that started in the Garden–that God is withholding good from us, and that lie continues to hold sway over us, ever since then. I love your heart’s prayer, my sister. Let’s banish the lies, and trust in God’s sweet mercy, care, provision, and goodness. Amen!

  3. Such good thoughts–makes me think of Psalm 16:
    “The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
    The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.”

    And also Peter’s first letter:
    ” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

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