Valley of Vision

A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions- Gift Edition, black bonded leather  - By: Arthur Bennett“Sin is my greatest evil,

but thou art my greatest good;

I have cause to loathe myself,

and not to seek self-honour,

for no one desires to commend his own dunghill.”

My reading this morning from The Valley of Vision (a collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions) on “Self Knowledge’ reminds me of that verse in Jeremiah about not seeking great things for one’s self. To seek one’s honor is no honor at all, especially when one knows how undeserving he is of honor since there are a lot of things that still need changing in his life. From a different angle, here’s what Matthew Henry has to say about this verse:

” The frowns of the world would not disquiet us as they do if we did not foolishly flatter ourselves with the hopes of its smiles and court and covet them too much. It is our over-fondness for the good things of this present time that makes us impatient under its evil things….”

“It is absurd for thee to be now painting thy own cabin. Canst thou expect to be high when all are brought low, to be full when all about thee are empty?” To seek ourselves more than the public welfare, especially to seek great things to ourselves when the public is in danger, is very unbecoming Israelites. We may apply it to this world, and our state in it; God in his providence is breaking down and pulling up; every thing is uncertain and perishing; we cannot expect any continuing city here. What folly is it then to seek great things for ourselves here, where every thing is little and nothing certain!”

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