Sunday, December 31, 2006

Complaining, Part Two

I recently blogged about David bringing his complaints before the Lord, and my thoughts about Christians and complaining. Susan referred me back to one of our favorite books, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, where Jeremiah Burroughs so eloquently speaks on the same topic. Here is a brief paragraph from the first chapter.

[A quiet heart] is not opposed to making in an orderly manner our moan and complaint to God, and to our friends. Though a Christian ought to be quiet under God's correcting hand, he may without any breach of Christian contentment complain to God. As one of the ancients says, Though not with a tumultuous clamour and shrieking out in a confused passion, yet in a quiet, still, submissive way he may unbosom his heart to God. Likewise he may communicate his sad condition to his Christian friends, showing them how God has dealt with him, and how heavy the affliction is upon him, that they may speak a word in season to his weary soul.
~Jeremiah Burroughs, 1648 (emphasis mine)


Blogger Constantly Abiding said...

That is one of my favorite qoutes from the book also. We are studying it in our ladies group at my church. I love how Jerimaih Burrows speaks of contemtment as being a frame of mind- one that has to be learned. True contemtment gives the right perspective to our complaints. Good post!

1/01/2007 1:04 PM  
Blogger Keziah said...

I don't think I have ever come across him before, but that was a great quote. It is good to be able to share burdens with one another so that we might pray with each other and comfort, encourage and rebuke one another in love.

1/02/2007 9:28 AM  

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