Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Chapter 10

Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory [ISBN 978-1-601778-232-8] is book of sermons by Jeremiah Burroughs on achieving contentment during times of abundance which were compiled as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.  The Rare Jewel helps the Christian to find contentment in times of want, while these follow-up sermons help the Christian to find contentment in times of prosperity.  In both books, Mr. Burroughs expounds Philippians 4:12, "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

Mr. Burroughs succinctly concludes his thoughts from both aspects of Phil 4:12 -- "So put a gracious heart into any condition, full or empty, and grace will help him lie evenly whatever his condition," (p. 115).  So "whether in prosperity or adversity, the gracious man will still respond consistently before God" because "[e]xternal things cannot alter a heart full of grace," (pp. 118, 119).

"It is a great part of the glory of God to be unchangeable and yet to operate in the midst of changeable circumstances.  Likewise, it is a mark of the excellence of God's image in the hearts of His saints that in a variety of conditions they too would remain the same, to know how to be abased, and how to abound," (p. 119).

Thank you joining me on this journey through Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory.  May you carefully consider your Christian witness as you abound in the blessings of God.

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God," (2 Cor. 3:5).