"For a man or woman at first, when affliction befalls them, to have a murmuring heart, then it's an evil; but to have a murmuring heart when God hath been a long time exercising them with affliction, it's more evil. Though a heifer at first when the yoke is put upon her, she wrigles up and down and will not be quiet, but if after many months or years it shall not draw quietly, the husbandman would rather feed it fat, and prepare it for the butcher, than be troubled any longer with it: So though the Lord was content to pass by that discontented spirit of thine at first, yet God having a long time kept the yoke upon thee, thou hast been under his afflicting hand (it may be) diverse years; and yet thou remain discontent still; it were just with God that he should bear thy murmuring no longer, and that thy discontent under the affliction should be but a preparation to thy destruction."
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.110.
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