The cost of complacency

Greetings my fellow brethren. I would like to share with you something that I read from Spurgeon’s morning and evening daily devotional.

“The ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine.”
Genesis 41:4

Pharaoh’s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the “fat kine,” is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?—I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, “My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!” but may I be well-fed and nourished in thy house, that I may praise thy name.

Such deep truth really cut me to the core. How many times do we backslide, have our works come to nought because a little sleep, a little procrastination, or compromise. As is written in proverbs: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭33-34‬ ESV). It is only after we have fallen do we feel the shame and the utter depravity of our souls.

I for one have found myself being lean. The lustre of the world made me complacent and i have found myself robbed of my joy and with little strength to resist the world. But the Word reminded me that though I have sinned, we have an advocate Jesus Christ, who continuously makes intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Not only that, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John1:9). Therefore, do not delay in coming to Him. Acknowledge your sins and beg Him to change your heart, to cure you from your backsliding (Jeremiah 3:22), to return to you the joy of salvation and to keep you from stumbling again. May He be swift in answering our prayers. May we be filled with His fullness and be ever zealous in fighting complacency and in keeping our intimacy with God. Be blessed my brethren.

Soli Deo Gloria