The dusty, tiny printed book that was used as the conduit for the Holy Spirit’s ministering to me during the wee hours was Jeremiah Burroughs’, Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Paul, the apostle said “I have learned to be content in whatever state I am” (Philippians 4:11) and so it is with us too. We must learn it.
We must surrender by exercising much faith. Burroughs challenges, “The more you in a believing way surrender up yourself to God, the more quiet and peace you will have.” What release and freedom this idea suggests. Surrendering up your burdens and casting them down before the all Mighty God is certain to bring quiet and peace inside. Contentment.
Then, I say, raise the white flag! Twofold, Burroughs asks us to consider the mercies that God Himself showers upon us; they are new everyday! And then consider why we should not be willing to suffer a little for the glory of God; be willing to be used in service for His purposes. Once we whole-heartily know and accept our place in relationship to the infinite God, we find contentment.
Join me in the learning of contentment my friend! Surrender in faith and raise the white flag of willingness.