Knowing my own need, the Lord is leading me in the year of 2017 to continue in my desire and search for the contentment that is found in Him alone. While having the book laid out in outline style with short paragraphs on particular topics can be helpful, it doesn't add to overall readability and flow. The second use: A check to the discontentment Christian -- 10. To see the wicked flourish is matter rather of pity than envy; it is all the heaven they must have. There are three things which contentment doth banish out of its diocese, and which can by no means consist with it.
Unbelievers have swampland; believers have springs of living water. All of these are possible only by His working them in us as His family in His kingdom. I can't listen to non-narrative books while I'm working. Puritan prayers confession and petition consecration and worship contentment the deeps devotion divine support evening praise evening prayer evening. Get this book, and read it once a year. Watson has so many good one-liners and metaphors, and each one is a golden nugget. Other than that, like I said its a good book to go through if you're studying contentment, or struggling with contentment.
Again, I found myself taking down pages of notes. The first argument to contentation. The content of Thomas Watson's The Art of Divine Contentment is biblical and edifying. Neither poor nor rich know how to be content; they can learn anything but this. Murmuring is quarreling, protesting, rebelling against God, saying we deserve better from Him, and that He should have been wiser Num 21:5.
I found him the most accessible of the Puritans I've read. But I caught some gems along the way and a few things I'd have to give a closer thought to. These are not the only things, nor the best things; they are mercies without the pale. Contentment hath both its fountain and stream in the soul. Contentment brings us closer to the Lord and that we can see his will for us. Thomas Watson in seeking to set forth in detail,the nature of Divine contentment ,right at the outset , in the epistle to the reader boldly writes that discontentment is sin. Thomas Watson graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was known for being a hard student.
God won't withdraw or withhold anything that would be advantageous to us. Let a Christian often think with himself, who hath placed me here? The beam hath not its light from the air; the beams of comfort which a contented man hath do not arise from foreign comforts, but from within. God sees, in His infinite wisdom, the same condition is not convenient for all; that which is good for one may be bad for another; one season of weather will not serve all men's occasions — one needs sunshine, another rain; one condition of life will not fit every man no more than one suit of apparel will fit everybody; prosperity is not fit for all, nor yet adversity. O then, if this lesson was so hard to learn in innocency, how hard shall we find it who are clogged with corruption? World English Bible, public domain. Given the obvious errors on just the first two pages, I have no confidence that I'm reading what Thomas Watson actually wrote on the subject of divine contentment.
The importance of thanksgiving to God cannot be stressed enough. Do not prevaricate with God and thy own soul. For the illustration of this doctrine I shall propound these questions. A direct quote should use the exact words. Not only is this book tweetable, it is practical. The ten commandments thomas watson on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers makes up with a body of divinity and the lords prayer watsons body of. I'd highly recommend this to anyone going through a hard time, or anyone looking to grow in Godly contentment! Whatever our condition be, God the umpire of the world hath from everlasting decreed that condition for us, and by his providence ordered all circumstances thereunto.
Contentment is the spiritual arch or pillar of the soul; it fits a man to bear burdens; he whose heart is ready to sink under the least sin, by virtue of this hath a spirit invincible under sufferings. It's somewhat repetitive, though I suppose there's no harm in hearing such lessons repeated. Thomas Watson clearly provides excellent instruction on Biblical passages dealing with our need for gratitude to our Heavenly Father, thus the result of contentment. When my heart is fixed I am in tune to s I struggled a bit to get thru this book because it was written so long ago but at the same it came from a different time but the message will always remain the same. He was a man of considerable learning, a popular but judicious preacher, and eminent in the gift of prayer. This is our plan for this New Year, and we invite you to come with us, to help us to discover what the Lord wants and has prepared for us. Thomas Watson is one of the most often quoted Puritan and Reformed authors.
I can't listen to non-narrative books while I'm working. The sails of a mill move with the wind, but the mill itself stands still, an emblem of contentment; when our outward estate moves with the wind of providence, yet the heart is settled through holy contentment. On the subject of contentment, I still prefer the in-depth look found in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. If men are rich, they learn to be covetous. Malcontent hath a mixture of grief and anger in it, and both these must needs raise a storm in the soul. If men are poor, they learn to be envious; they malign those that are above them. I cannot saith the Christian discourse with that fluency, nor pray with that elegancy, as others.