Thursday, 3 March 2011


I'm sure many of us will be familiar with the well known Rolling Stones song, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." One of the reasons for it's popularity must have something to do with the fact that the sentiment of the song resonates with so many. No matter how hard he tries he cannot get any satisfaction. Why then is it that no matter how comfortable a lifestyle, no matter how good our relationships are, no matter how sucessful we are we will still not be content? Listen to what the Puritan wrier Jeremiah Burroughs has to say about this:
My brethren, the reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them. That is not the reason. But the reason is because they are not things proportionable to that immortal soul of yours that is capable of God himself. Many men think that when they are troubled and have not got contentment, it is because they have but a little in the world, and if they had more then they would be content. That is just as if a man were hungry, and to satisfy his craving stomach he should gape and hold open his mouth to take in the wind, and then should think that the reason why he is not satisfied is because he has not got enough of the wind. No, the reason is because the thing is not suitable to a craving stomach.

Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment