We have expected too much from 'the creature'
(Octavius Winslow, "The Lord's Prayer" 1866)
"Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" Isaiah 2:22
We have expected too much from 'the creature', more than any creature could possibly give."My soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation." Psalm 35:9
Who has not, in some instances, found . . .
their love fickle,
their promises capricious,
their opinions harsh, and
their judgment fallible?
We reposed a while beneath our pleasant gourd — and in a night it perished.
We nursed our bosom flower — and in an hour it died.
We leaned upon the strong and beautiful staff — and in a moment it broke.
We came to the crystal stream that had so often refreshed us — and, lo! it was dried up!
Alas, we drained the sponge of creature good of all its sweets, and it became at last aridness itself!