Our hearts are prone to wander from Him;
Prosperity and enjoyment all too easily satisfy us,
Dull our Spiritual Perception,
And unfit us for Full Communion with Himself.
It is an Unspeakable Mercy that the Father comes with His Chastisements, makes the world round us all dark and unattractive, leads us to feel more deeply our sinfulness, and for a time lose our joy in what was becoming so dangerous.
He does it in the hope that, when we have found our Rest in Christ in time of trouble, we shall Learn to Choose Abiding in Him as our only portion;
And when the affliction is removed, have so Grown More Firmly into Him, that in prosperity He still shall be Our Only Joy.