A remedy against all our trouble

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(Thomas Watson, "The Art of Divine Contentment")

"I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances
I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how
to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned
the secret of being content—whether well-fed or hungry,
whether in abundance or in need." Philippians 4:11-12

Contentment sweetens every condition.

Christ turned the water into wine. Just so, contentment
turns the bitter waters of Marah, into spiritual wine.

Contentment is a flower which does not grow in every
garden. You would think it were excellent, if I could
prescribe a remedy or antidote against poverty. Behold,
here is that which is more excellent—for a man to be
poor—and yet have enough! Contentment teaches a
man how to abound—in the midst of poverty!

"Have I but little? Yet it is more than I deserve. Do
I meet with some crosses? My comfort is, if they are
heavy—I have not far to go! I shall but carry my cross
to Golgotha and there I shall leave it. My cross is light
—in comparison with the weight of glory. Has God
taken away my comforts from me? It is well—the
Comforter still abides with me." Thus contentment,
as a honeycomb, drops sweetness into every condition.

Discontent is a leaven which sours every comfort; it
puts vinegar into every mercy; it doubles every cross.
But the contented spirit sucks sweetness from every
flower of providence. Contentment is full of consolation.

Contentment is . . .
a remedy against all our trouble,
an alleviation to all our burdens,
the cure of to every worry.

As medicine works disease out of the body—so
does contentment work trouble out of the heart.
Holy contentment keeps the heart from fainting.
Contentment is the golden shield, which beats
back all discouragements.

Contentment, though it is not properly a grace (it
is rather, a disposition of mind,) yet in it there is a
happy mixture of all the graces. Contentment is a
most precious compound! The ingredients put into
it are faith, patience, meekness, humility, etc.

Wicked men are often disquieted in the enjoyment of all
things. But the contented Christian is joyful in the lack of
all things! He may have little in the world—yet be perfectly
content. O the rare art, or rather—miracle of contentment!

A Christian finds contentment distilled out of the breasts
of the promises. He is poor in purse—but rich in promise.
There is one promise which brings much sweet contentment
into the soul: "Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any
good thing." (Psalm 34:10) If the thing we desire is good
for us—we shall have it. If it is not good—then the not
having is good for us. The resting satisfied with the
promise, gives contentment.
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