Content With Providence – Thomas Watson

“We glorify God by being contented in that state in which Providence has placed us. We give God the glory of his wisdom, when we rest satisfied with what he carves out to us.

Thus Paul glorified God. The Lord cast him into as great variety of conditions as any man, ‘in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft,’ 2 Cor xi 23, yet he had learned to be content. Paul could sail either in a storm or a calm; he could be anything that God would have him; he could either want or abound. Phil iv 13. 

A good Christian argues thus: It is God that has put me in this condition; he could have raised me higher, if he pleased, but that might have been a snare to me: he has done it in wisdom and love; therefore I will sit down satisfied with my condition. Surely this glorifies God much; God counts himself much honored by such a Christian. 

Here, says God, is one after mine own heart; let me do what I will with him, I hear no murmuring, he is content. 

This shows abundance of grace. When grace is crowning, it is not so much to be content; but when grace is conflicting with inconveniences, then to be content is a glorious thing indeed. For one to be content when he is in heaven is no wonder; but to be content under the cross is like a Christian. 

This man must needs bring glory to God; for he shows to all the world, that though he as little meal in his barrel, yet he has enough in God to make him content: he says, as David, Psa xvi 5, ‘The Lord is my portion of mine inheritance; the lines are fallen to me in pleasant places.'” 

 

  • Watson, Thomas. A Body Of Divinity. (pg 13) The Banner Of Truth Trust – 78b Chiltren Street London WI. 

 

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