(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883)
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. And I know what it is to be in need, and what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want!” Philippians 4:10-12
We look for more in this life than it will ever yield to us. If we would be satisfied with less — we would be less dissatisfied. Probably there is as much happiness in one station of life as in another — if we are content in that situation which the Lord has placed us in.
The misery of life is when a man has a great deal less than he aspires to. Contentment is the crown jewel of a happy life! We shall have enough, for God’s promises guarantee us our necessary portion. Why need we fret after more?
“Here little — and hereafter much!” as Bunyan says, is best for us!
O Lord, grant me grace to live above the poor trifles of this fleeting world!
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You have all your hearts can wish!
(John Flavel “The Method of Grace“)
“My God will supply all your needs according to His
riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
O say with a melting heart—I have a full Christ,
and He is filled for me! I have . . .
His pure and perfect righteousness to justify me,
and His holiness to sanctify me,
His wisdom to guide me,
and His comforts to refresh me,
His power to protect me,
and His all-sufficiency to supply me.
O be cheerful, be thankful—you have all your
hearts can wish! And yet be humble—it is all
from free-grace to empty and unworthy creatures!