Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Delighting in Every Condition

Jeremiah Burroughs' book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment should be required reading for any American Christian. It addresses a host of evils that come from discontentment and how to deal with them. Burroughs' combines the warmth of a pastor with the skill of a heart surgeon as he shows why discontentment is so wicked and why contentment is such a blessing. Here is his definition of Christian contentment. I really like it because he uses the word "delights." A lot of us endure God's "disposal in every condition," but few of us delight in it.

"Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition." (p. 19)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8