A riddle in providence!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"I have seen slaves on horseback—while princes go on foot like slaves." Ecclesiastes 10:7

Upstarts frequently usurp the highest places—while the truly great pine in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if it should fall to our own lot.

When our Lord was upon earth, although He is the King of the kings of the earth—yet He walked the footpath of weariness and service as the Servant of servants. What wonder is it if His followers, who are princes of royal blood, should also be looked down upon as inferior and contemptible people?

The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are often last—and the last are often first. See how the servile sons of Satan rule in the earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high!

Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate.
David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state.
Elijah is complaining in the cave, while Jezebel is boasting in the palace.
Yet who would wish to take the places of the proud rebels?
And who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints?

When the wheel turns
—those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink.

Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time!

"So the last will be first, and the first will be last." Matthew 20:16