Spurgeon, "Concerning the Consolations of God" Job 15:11.
Christian, are you hoping to find true comfort
in the world? Will you be happy if you manage to get that position? if you pass
that examination? if you save so much money? I beseech you, do not play the
fool; there is no consolation in all this.
There is no satisfaction to be found in the greatest worldly success;
millionaires, statesmen, and princes all dissatisfied. The richest men have
often been the most miserable, and those who have succeeded best in rising to
places of honor have been worn out in the pursuit, and disgusted with the prize.
Wealth brings care, honor earns envy, position entails toil, and rank has its
One of our richest men once said, "I suppose you imagine I am happy, because I
am rich. Why, a dozen times in a year, and oftener, some fellow threatens to
shoot me if I do not give him what he wants. Do you suppose that this makes me a
Believe me, the world is as barren of joy as the Sahara.
Vain is the hope of finding a spring of consolation in anything beneath the
Seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.