Art of Divine Contentment: An Exposition of Philippians 4:11
by Thomas Watson
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The Apostle Paul, in Phil. 4:11, says "I am
not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned
to be content whatever the circumstances." Thomas Watson, an English
Puritan preacher, wants to teach readers how to gain the same
contentment as Paul. Living in the 16th century, Watson believed that
discontentment was a sin, and so wrote the book The Art of Divine
Contentment: An Exposition of Philippians 4:11. Watson spends the
entire book on this one verse, and in doing so, presents Christians with
a comprehensive method for becoming content. Centered on the idea that
"A gracious spirit is a contented spirit," Watson believes that
Christians can be and should be content because of God's
promises to his people. "The way for a man to be contented," Watson
says, "is not by raising his estate higher, but by bringing his heart
lower." In our contemporary society where discontent is the norm,
disillusioned readers will benefit from The Art of Divine
Watson's content is God-centered rather than focused on material
possessions as so many Christians are today, so it is sure to bring
comfort to those who strive to be happy in Christ.
CCEL Staff Writer