“I have seen servants
upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.” —
frequently usurp the highest places, while the truly great pine in obscurity.
This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts
of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if it
should fall to our own lot. When our Lord was upon earth, although He is the
Prince of the kings of the earth, yet He walked the footpath of weariness and
service as the Servant of servants: what wonder is it if His followers, who are
princes of the blood, should also be looked down upon as inferior and
contemptible persons? The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are
last and the last first. See how the servile sons of Satan lord it in the
earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high! Haman
is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate; David wanders on the
mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave while
Jezebel is boasting in the palace; yet who would wish to take the places of the
proud rebels? and who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints?
When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink.
Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.
Let us not fall
into the error of letting our passions and carnal appetites ride in triumph,
while our nobler powers walk in the dust. Grace must reign as a prince, and
make the members of the body instruments of righteousness. The Holy Spirit
loves order, and He therefore sets our powers and faculties in due rank and
place, giving the highest room to those spiritual faculties which link us with
the great King; let us not disturb the divine arrangement, but ask for grace
that we may keep under our body and bring it into subjection. We were not new
created to allow our passions to rule over us, but that we, as kings, may reign
in Christ Jesus over the triple kingdom of spirit, soul, and body, to the glory
of God the Father.