Contentment

Circumstances & Contentment

I cannot better compare the folly of those men and women who think they will get contentment by musing about other circumstances than to the way of children: Perhaps they have climbed a hill and look a good way off and see another hill, and they think if they were on top of that, they would be able to touch the clouds with their fingers; but when they are on the top of that hill, alas, they are as far from the clouds as they were before.  So it is with many who think If I were in such circumstances, then I should have contentment; and perhaps they get into circumstances, and they are as far from contentment as before.  But then they think that if they were in other circumstance, they would be contented, but when they have got into those circumstances, they are still as far from contentment as before.  No, no, let me consider what is the duty of my present circumstance, and content my heart with this, and say, ‘Well, though I am in a low position, yet I am serving the counsels of God in those circumstances where I am; it is the counsel of God that has brought me into these circumstances that I am in, and I desire to serve the counsel of God in these circumstances.’

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Jeremiah Burroughs

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Take Heed – Jeremiah Burroughs

Genuine lasting, contentment seems to elude me – some days more than others.  Much like the goo that I played with as a kid, just when I think I’ve got a decent grasp, it slips through my fingers.  Hmm, maybe that’s a part of the problem.  Maybe I’m trying to hard to hold onto something that wasn’t meant to be held onto.  Perhaps I am actually meant to be held by the God of contentment?  (That is something to contemplate later though.)

As for today though, God has me in a place where contentment is a moment-by-moment choice.  Reading the Word and allowing it to change me as well as hearing-out other writers and people He has placed in my life to instill wisdom has greatly helped me in this season.  Here is a quote that has challenged me today.

Oh, take heed you do not speak in a scornful way of the ways of God; grace has the power to turn afflictions into mercies.  Two men may have the same affliction; to one it shall be as gall and wormwood, yet it shall be wine and honey and delightfulness and joy and advantage and riches to the other.  This is the mystery of contentment, not so much by removing the evil, as by metamorphosing the evil, by changing the evil into good.

Jeremiah Burroughs – The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Food For Thought · Grace · Overwhelmed · Scripture · Trusting God

2 Corinthians 4

1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Thank you Lord Jesus for being the perfect example for how to live in dependence on and fully trusting in the plan of the Father.  Oh how many times I respond to the “light momentary affliction” based solely on what I can see, hear, touch, taste and smell rather than on Truth – please forgive me.  Out of the abundance of Your mercy, remind me that this life is ONLY to prepare me for eternity and to bring You the utmost glory.