From Streams in the Desert

And the ill-favored and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favored and fat kine . . . and the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears (Gen. 41:4, 7).

There is a warning for us in that dream, just as it stands: It is possible for the best years of our life, the best experiences, the best victories won, the best service rendered, to be swallowed up by times of failure, defeat, dishonor, uselessness in the kingdom. Some men’s lives of rare promise and rare achievement have ended so. It is awful to think of, but it is true. Yet it is never necessary.

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