Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 22nd September

Broad Rivers Without Galleys

There the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; in which no galley with oars will sail, nor majestic ships pass by. (Isaiah 33:21)

The Lord will be to us the greatest good without any drawbacks. If a city is favoured with broad rivers, it is liable to be attacked by ships of war. But when the Lord represents the abundance of His bounty, He takes care expressly to shut out the fear which the metaphor might suggest.

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 I have success in holy service, 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, let me never despise Thy feeble saints, or allow the vain notion of my own perfection to sail up the broad rivers of my full assurance. Lord, give me that blessing which makes rich and without adding sorrow or sin.

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