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A cross of their own choosing

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Art of Divine Contentment”

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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

Paul knew how to manage in every state–he learned to be content whatever his circumstances. If he was in prosperity, he knew how to be thankful. If he was in adversity, he knew how to be patient. He was neither lifted up with prosperity–nor cast down with adversity.

A Christian should be content in any and every situation. Many are contented in some conditions–but not in every condition. They can be content in a wealthy state. When they have the streams of milk and honey–now they are content. But if the wind turns and is against them–now they are discontented. While they have a silver crutch to lean upon–they are contented; but if God breaks this crutch–now they are discontented.

Many would be content with their affliction–if God would allow them to pick and choose. They could better endure sickness–than poverty; or bear loss of estate–than loss of children. If they might have a cross of their own choosing, they would be content.

But a contented Christian does not desire to choose his cross–but leaves God to choose for him. He is content both for the kind of the afflictions, and the duration of the afflictions, which God gives him. A contented man says, “Let God apply whatever medicine He pleases, and let it lie on as long as He desires. I know when it has done its cure, and eaten the venom of sin out of my heart–that God will take it away.

A contented Christian, being sweetly captivated under the authority of the Word, desires to be wholly at God’s disposal, and cheerfully lives in whatever circumstances that God has placed him in. “I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) He does not only submit to God’s dealings, but rejoices in them!

by Thomas Watson

Gone so soon without a trace!

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil”

“We were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow!” Job 8:9

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass!” Psalm 102:11

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” Ephesians 5:16

How you spend your time is a matter of great importance. Many people fool away their time–some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart, and take it away from holy things. What are our golden hours for–but to attend to our souls?

Time misspent is not time lived–but time lost!

Time is a precious commodity. As salvation is to be worked out in time, and a place in Heaven depends on using it well–time is of infinite concern!

Think of your short stay in the world. “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow–gone so soon without a trace!” 1 Chronicles 29:15

There is but a span between the cradle and the grave! Solomon says there is “a time to be born and a time to die”–but mentions no time of living, as if that were so short, it was not worth naming!

Time, when it has once gone, can never be recalled. “My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away, filled with tragedy. It disappears like a swift boat, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.” Job 9:25-26

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!” James 4:14

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life!” Psalm 39:4

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

by Thomas Watson