The Evils of Discontentment


“And here, by the way, we may see what a great deal of evil there is in discontent, for you would have God’s providence altered in such and such a detail:  now if it were only in that detail, and that had relation to nothing else it would not be so much, but by your desire to have your will in such a detail, you may cross God in a thousand things that he has to bring about, because it is possible that a thousand things may depend upon that one thing that you would fain have otherwise than it is.”  Jeremiah Burroughs, “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth, Puritan Paperbacks) p. 114


Contentment From Understanding God’s Providence

25000000000242490_1920x1080True contentment comes from understanding and submitting to the ultimate sovereignty of God!

“Not only that God by his providence rules the world, and governs all things in general, but that it reaches to every detail; not only to order the great affairs of kingdoms, but it reaches to every man’s family; it reaches to every person in the family; it reaches to every condition; yea, to every happening, to everything that falls out concerning you in every particular:  not one hair falls from your head, not a sparrow to the ground, without the providence of God.  Nothing befalls you, good or evil, but there is a providence of the infinite first Being in that thing…this is from God, and is a great help to contentment.”  Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 111-112

For Contentment Be Aware of False Appearances

404px-Kinkaku-Snow-5.jpg“…sometimes we look upon the prosperity of men and think, this man lives well and comfortably, but if we only know what troubles he has in his family, in his possessions, in his dealings with men, we would not think his position so happy.  A man may have a very fine new shoe, but nobody knows where it pinches him except the one who has it on; so you think certain men are happy, but they may have many troubles that you little think of.”  Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 104

What Best Suits Our Condition

800px-A_blacksmith_at_work“…we should labour to know our hearts well, that when they are out of tune, we may know what is the matter.  This knowledge of our hearts will help us to contentment, because by it we shall come to know what best suits our condition.  A man who does not know his own heart does not think what need he has of affliction, and for that reason is uneasy, but when God comes with afflictions to the man or woman who have studied their own hearts, they can say, ‘I would not have been without this affliction for anything in the world, God has so suited this affliction to my condition, and has come in such a way that if this affliction had not come I am afraid I should have fallen into sin.’ ”  Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 100-101


The Root of Discontentment

800px-Cracks_at_Sunrise-on-Sea,_Eastern_Cape“By studying your heart you will come soon to discover wherein your discontent lies.  When you are discontented you will find out the root of any discontent if you study your heart well.  Many men and women are discontented, and the truth is they do not know why; they think this and the other thing is the cause.  But a man or woman who knows their own heart will soon find out where the root of their discontent lies, that it lies in some corruption and disorder of the heart…” Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 100


Contentment and Eternal Perspective

Take Me There“We are going away to another country; you are, as it were, only lodging here, for a night.  If you were to live a hundred years, in comparison to eternity it is not as much as a night, it is as though you were travelling, and had come to an inn.  And what madness it is for a man to be discontented because he has not got what he sees there, seeing he may be going away again within less than quarter of an hour?”  –Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 95

A Heart Taken Up With Eternity Is Content

800px-Kuznetsk_Alatau_3“…when the heart of a man has nothing to do, but to be busy about creature-comforts, every little thing troubles him; but when the heart is taken up with the weighty things of eternity, with the great things of eternal life, the things of here below that disquieted it before are things now of no consequence to him in comparison with the other–how things fall out here is not much regarded by him, if the one thing that is necessary is provided for.”  –Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks) p. 93

Reasons for Discontentment

The Curve“If you will only have contentment when God’s ways suit with your own ends, you can have it only now and then, but a self-denying man denies his own ends, and only looks at the ends of God and therein he is contented.”

“My brethren, the reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them–that is not the reason–but the reason is, because they are not things proportionable to that immortal soul of yours that is capable of God himself.”    –Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”  (Banner of Truth, Puritan Paperbacks) p. 90 91

Self-denial and contentment


“There was never any man or woman so contented as a self denying man or woman. No one ever denied himself as much as Jesus Christ did: he gave his cheeks to the smiters, he opened not his mouth, he was as a lamb when he was led to the slaughter, he made no noise in the street. He denied himself above all, and was willing to empty himself, and so he was the most contented that ever any was in the world; and the nearer we come to learning to deny ourselves as Christ did, the more contented we shall be…”  Jeremiah Burroughs “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” (Puritan Paperbacks, Banner of Truth) p. 89