Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
1. It is to a special and overruling providence of God we are to ascribe both poverty and riches.
2. A middle state of life is, to some persons, and on some accounts, more eligible than either poverty or riches.
3. Some arguments which may teach us an entire submission to the will of God, whichever of these three states He may think fit to appoint us. There will be the greatest difficulty in persuading people to this duty who labour under very hard or mean circumstances. Poverty is very apt to sink their spirits, and render them unfit for the nobler luxuries of piety and devotion. Contentment is a virtue by no means always found among rich men. A moderate fortune, if it do not afford the greatest opportunities of doing good, yet is a happy and desirable state, and perhaps, in general, the most safe and innocent. The fact that God appoints men the three different states of life is proper to teach us all, indifferently, the true art of contentment. For as the knowledge of God perfectly comprehends whatever may be good or convenient for us, so His power can effect, and His goodness will incline Him to effect it.
(R. Fiddes, D.D.)
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