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the Cause as well as the effect

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(from Jeremiah Burroughs’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment)

A soul that is capable of God can be filled with nothing else but God; nothing but God can fill a soul that is capable of God.


Though a gracious heart knows that it is capable of God, and was made for God, carnal hearts think without reference to God. But a gracious heart, being enlarged to be capable of God, and enjoying somewhat of him, can be filled by nothing in the world; it must only be God himself. Therefore you will observe, that whatever God may give to a gracious heart, a heart that is godly, unless he gives himself it will not do. A godly heart will not only have the mercy, but the God of that mercy as well; and then a little matter is enough in the world, so be it he has the God of the mercy which he enjoys.

In Philippians 4:7,9… compare verse 7 with verse 9: “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” The peace of God shall keep your hearts. Then in verse 9: “Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” The peace of God shall keep you and the God of peace shall be with you.

Here is what I would observe from this text, That the peace of God is not enough to a gracious heart except it may have the God of that peace.  A carnal heart could be satisfied if he might but have outward peace, though it is not the peace of God; peace in the godly heart goes beyond a carnal. All outward peace is not enough; I must have the peace of God.

But suppose you have the peace of God, Will that not quiet you?

No, I must have the God of peace; as the peace of God so the God of peace.

That is,

I must enjoy that God who gives me the peace; I must have the Cause as well as the effect.


I must see from whence my peace comes, and enjoy the Fountain of my peace, as well as the stream of my peace.

And so in other mercies:

have I health from God? I must have the God of my health to be my portion, or else I am not satisfied.

It is not life, but the God of my life; it is not riches, but the God of those riches, that I must have, the God of preservation, as well as my preservation.


A gracious heart is not satisfied without this:

to have the God of the mercy, as well as the mercy.


In Psalm 73: 25, “Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon the earth that I desire beside thee?”



Written by mrsdkmiller

February 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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