Friday, January 29, 2016

The Vision (1.29.16): More Gleanings from Watson on Contentment

Image:  Sunset in North Garden, Virginia, January 2016

Nearly two feet of snow in Central Virginia resulted in cancelled services at CRBC on Sunday.  Though we watched some livestream services at home over it just wasn’t the same as being physically present with the saints.  Looking forward to a reunion with the brethren in worship this Sunday, God willing.

With no sermon last Sunday, there was no manuscript from which to cull a devotion this week.  Here, instead, are a few citations from Thomas Watson’s The Art of Divine Contentment (original 1653; Soli Deo Gloria reprint, 2001):

“Having cast anchor in heaven, a Christian’s heart never sinks” (p. 15).

“The child’s sin is sometimes the parent’s sermon” (p. 37).

“Better to deserve respect and not have it than to have it and not deserve it” (p. 45).

“It is better that God should approve than that men should applaud” (p. 46).

“When the devil cannot destroy the church by violence, he endeavors to poison it” (p. 50).

“A sanctified heart is better than a silver tongue” (p. 54).

“Christ is in the ship of His church:  do not fear sinking” (p. 55).

“Atheism is the fruit that grows out of the blossom of discontent” (p. 68).

“Sickness, says contentment, is God’s furnace to refine His gold, and make it sparkle all the more” (p. 69).

“God makes our adversity our university” (p. 74).

“The discontented person thinks that everything he does for God is too much, and everything God does for him is too little” (p. 84).

“The house of the godly is a little heaven, the house of the wicked a little hell” (p. 102).

“If we do not have what we desire, we have more than we deserve” (p. 121).

May the Lord grant us a contented spirit.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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