The Remedy To All Our Troubles

Thomas Watsonby 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!

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.

by Thomas Watson

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