Let us pray much for humility and, especially, for humility in our days of peace and success.  When everything around us seems to prosper and all our plans work well, when family trials and sicknesses are kept from us and the course of our worldly affairs runs smooth, when our daily crosses are light and all within and without is like a morning without clouds – then, then is the time when our souls are in danger!  Then is the time when we had need to be doubly watchful over our own hearts.  Then is the time that seeds of evil are sown in us by the devil which may one day astound us by their growth and strength.  There are few Christians who can carry a full cup with a steady hand.  There are few whose souls prosper in their days of uninterrupted success.  We are ready to think that our own might and our own wisdom have procured us the victory.  In the midst of our triumphs, let us cry to God for humility. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), from a meditation on Luke 10.17-20.


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