Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content."  - Phillipians 4:11.
THESE words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man."Ill weeds grow apace."
Covetousness, discontent, and mumuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil.  
We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth:  and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education.  But the precious things of earth must be cultivated.
If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener's care.
Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us.  Paul says "I have be content;" as much as to say, he did not know how at one time.
It cost him some pains to attain the mystery of that great truth.
No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down again.  
And at last he had attained unto it, and could say, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content," he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave - a poor prisoner shut up in Nero's dungeon at Rome.  We might well be willing to endure Paul's infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him, if we too might by any means attain unto his good degree.  
Do not undulge the notion that you can be contented with learning, or learn without discipline.  
It is not a power that may be exercised naturally, but a science to be acquired gradually.  
We know this from experience.  Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Content.

- Charles H Spurgeon

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  

- Isaiah 40:31

Many blessings in the Lord!

Painting by Clark James


SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a beautiful devotion from Charles Spurgeon. Indeed good things must be cultivated... what a great thought. Thank you for sharing this good word today... and I love the picture you chose to share with this too! Many blessings to you today!

CherylQuilts said...

Such wonderful food for thought today, dear Kelly-Anne, and such a great reminder of our need to discipline (cultivate in) ourselves the desire to be content in all that God has given us...and to be grateful in whatever state we are in. While our health may fail, it's difficult. And when we are in great need in other ways, may we seek Him, knowing that He will provide all our needs (not necessarily our wants). Our precious Father is one who gives us all good gifts, and He also knows what are not good gifts for us. Yes, a fabulous passage from Charles Spurgeon, such a wise and godly man whose writings still ring so true today. And what a precious passage from Isaiah, dear friend! You are a precious gift to us all! Hugs and love!

Christine said...

As ever, CH Spurgeon can preach like no other! what a powerful word and one I needed to be reminded of so thank you so much, dear Kelly Anne for sharing this with us!
Blessings x

Mary Hutchins said...

I always enjoy Charles Spurgeon, great theologian. Enjoyed my visit, see ya again soon!

Stephanie said...

Such precious and convicting thoughts, dear friend. I always look forward to your Thoughtful Thursdays and once again you have shared something that greatly touched my heart....thank you, sweet Kelly-Anne.

May the Lord richly bless you! Much love and big hugs!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kelly-Anne, To be happy and content at any given time of life is a blessing from God. It is the best of peace and calm, rest and want not! For to know God's love is enough.

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
Hugs and Blessings, CM

Ashleigh said...

Gotta love Charles Spurgeon! I use his Treasury of David commentaries so often and glean much from his teachings. Thank you for this reminder...when I feel a discontented spirit coming on, I will keep in mind to "hush that murmur" and go to the Lord with thanksgiving!
Praise is a powerful cure for complaining :)
I look forward to the next Thoughtful Thursday.....and thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I am blessed by your friendship ♥
Happy weekend to you!
Love, Ashleigh