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The previous post in this series may be found here: https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-rare-jewel-of-christian-contentment-3/

The quietness of contentment does not require that a Christian not beg mercy of God. The quietness is not a bare resignation and stoicism. However, that does not mean the quietness of contentment means nothing. There is a necessary quietness, which Burroughs describes by eight aspects.

First, the contented Christian does not complain about God: The Christian who complains of God’s determinations is like the Israelite complaining of God’s provision in the wilderness. The Christian must not be like the “rabble [with] a strong craving” who pined for Egypt and complained of God (Numbers 11:1-6).

Second, the contented Christian may be grieved but not vexed and fretting.

Third, the Christian cannot claim a true contented quietness when his spirit is in a tumult “like the unruly multitude in Acts”.

Fourth, a disturbance which draws us from our necessary relationships and duties does not flow from a quiet contented heart.

Fifth, the quietness of contentment

Is opposed to distracting, soul-consuming cares.  A gracious heart so esteems its union with Christ and the work that God sets it about that it will not willingly suffer anything to come in to choke it or deaden it….It will not on any account allow an intrusion into the private room, which should be wholly reserved for Jesus Christ as his inward temple.

Sixth, the quietness of a contented heart, “is opposed to sinking discouragements.”  Why should a Christian ever suffer a sinking discouragement under trial? “Indeed, if his people stand in need of miracles to bring about their deliverance, miracles fall as easily from God’s hands as to give his people daily bread.” God can solve any problem we face, if it be for our good. “God would have us to depend on him though we do not see how the thing may be brought about; otherwise we do not show a quiet spirit.”

Seventh, while we may seek lawful, fitting means to escape trial, we may not resort to sin.  “Thus do many, through the corruption of their hearts and the weakness of their faith, because they are not able to trust God and follow him in all things and always. For this reason, the Lord often follows the saint with many sore temporal crosses.”

Eighth, while we may call out to God to bring us deliverance (Psalm 69:1), we may not rise against God in rebellion.  Burroughs notes such rebellion is often tied to melancholy, what we could call depression:

Especially this is the ase with those who besides their corruptions have a large measure of melancholy. The Devil works both upon the corruptions of their hearts and the melancholy disease of their bodies, and though much grace may lie underneath, yet under affliction there may be some risings against God.