"So I may say to every discontented impatient heart, what, shall the providence of God change its course for thee? D'ost thou think it such a weak thing, that because it doth not please thee it must alter its course? Be thou content or not content, the providence of God will go on, it hath an efficacy of power and virtue, to carry all things before it: Can thou make one hair black or white with all the stir that thou keepest? When you are in a ship at sea that hath all her sails spread with a full gale of wind, and swiftly sailing; can you make it stand still with running up and down in the ship? No more can you make the providence of God to alter and change its course with your vexing and fretting, but it will go on with power, do what thou can. Do but understand the power and efficacy of providence and it will be a mighty means for the helping to learn this lesson of contentment."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651.- Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.65.
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