Contentment and Temptation

One of my summer reads has been Jeremiah Burroughs’ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. As you may have guessed, the entire book is an exposition of Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Only the puritans could flesh 228 pgs. out of one verse and do it with such pointed application.  Consider this link between contentment and temptation.

This is the maxim of the devil, he loves to fish in troubled waters; where he sees the spirits of men and women troubled and vexed, there the Devil comes.  He says “There is good fishing for me,” when he sees men and women go up and down discontented, and he can get them alone, then he comes with his temptations; “Will you suffer such a thing?” he says, “take this shift, this indirect way, do you not see how poor you are, others are well off, you do not know what to do for the winter, to provide fuel and get bread for you and your children,” so he tempts them to unlawful courses….. If they are poor, then he promises them money; if they have revengeful spirits, then he tells them he will revenge them upon such and such persons: now this quiets and contents them. Oh! there is occasion of temptation for the Devil when he meets with a discontented spirit!


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