Once a year, we set aside a specific day to voice our gratitude: Thanksgiving. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Even as believers with new hearts, the pull of the flesh toward dissatisfaction in our lives is powerful. Like a car with alignment problems, we tend to veer toward discontentment and a lack of gratitude, and it is only by being renewed by God’s Word and Spirit that we can keep our hands on the wheel and navigate straight paths. The following resources, curated by the Ligonier editorial team, are geared toward helping believers manifest the fruit of gratitude and contentment as we struggle in a fallen world.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs is one of the most well-known of all the Puritan writers and is celebrated for his ability to explain the practical ramifications of the gospel for all of life. In this classic book, Burroughs considers the biblical teaching on contentment, focusing particularly on how Christians may find contentment during the most difficult times of life. It is an excellent guide to finding peace in one’s trials and for learning the many ways that the Lord comforts us as we find contentment in Him.
Contentment by Melissa Kruger
Scripture frequently encourages us to be content—to not covet what we do not have, to be grateful for all that the Lord has given to us. Yet experiencing and practicing contentment is often much harder for us than understanding what it means. In this teaching series, Melissa Kruger considers what true contentment looks like, exhorting us to trust in the sovereign goodness of God as the means by which we will be able to grow in contentment in our lives.
The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
God’s invisible hand of providence directs the course of our lives for our good and for His final glory. This providence can be difficult to read, but there is much we can learn as we reflect on the providential ordering of our lives. This classic book by Puritan John Flavel helps us to do just that as he looks at the various works of providence that we may experience in our lives and helps us to be grateful for the Lord’s good direction.
This beloved instructional tool for the Christian faith covers the basics of biblical theology under the broad headings of guilt, grace, and gratitude; helping us understand our bondage in sin, the unmerited favor of God in our redemption, and the lives of gratitude we should live in response.
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