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The Art of Divine Contentment Hardcover – March 1, 2001
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About the Author
Thomas Watson graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was known for being a hard student. He was a man of considerable learning, a popular but judicious preacher, and eminent in the gift of prayer. He is one of the most popular of all English Puritans and, certainly, one of the most readable. Watson pastored at St. Stephen's Walbrook in London. The building in which he pastored was destroyed by fire in 1666. After being ejected in 1662, he continued ministering in London for many years. He retired to Essex, where he died suddenly while at prayer.
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"How may deserted souls be comforted who are cast down for want of assurance? Want of assurance shall not hinder the success of the saint's prayers. If we pour out sighs to heaven, God will hear every groan; and though he does not show us his face, he will lend us his ear. Faith may be strongest when assurance is weakest. Assurance is more fair and lovely to look upon, but a fruitful faith God sees to be better for us. When God is out of sight, he is not out of covenant. God may seem to be gone from the soul in desertion, but the covenant stands fast."
The 13 arguments that he gives in Chapter six on (motives to contentment) are very helpful,motivational and convincing.
If some think that the writings of the Puritans are somewhat dated and cannot possibly address issues that 21st century Christians must face,I hope that one brief quote will help obiliterate such thinking. In dealing with the subject of contentment as it relates to ones physical prosperity(or lack thereof)Watson writes on p.61"You never did thrive in your spiritual trade,your heart was never so low,as since your condition was low;you were never so poor in spirit,never so rich in faith.You did never run the ways of God's commandments so fast as since some of your golden weights were taken off."The author was well aware that the Lord often has used trials in the area of possessions (or being in a state of need)to abundantly prosper the spiritual lives of His children.
The practical importance of contentment is something that has practical implications in the lives of Christians every day of their lives.
I can say with great confidence that 'The Art of Divine Contentment' would be very useful (in the life of any believer)to help them learn to be more content in every circumstance they face in their lives.