“I would unfold this further to you in a similie: To be content as a result of some external thing is like warming a man’s clothes by the fire. But to be content through an inward disposition of the soul is like the warmth that a man’s clothes have from the natural heat from his body.” –The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
Are your afflictions greatly troublesome? Do they only subside by external means (food, alcohol, comedy, sleep, television, shopping, etc.)? Are they only “warmed by the fire”? Even so, that warmth will not last long.
O soul, be content. Affliction may be cold and uncomfortably worn, but the temperature of a contentant heart makes affliction easy, the way body warmth warms our clothes on a cold morning.