by Mike Phay
Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
I propose a new definition, with the help of 17th century English Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs, from his classic The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment:
“What is it that satisfies God himself, but that he enjoys all fullness in himself; so he comes to have satisfaction in himself. Now if you enjoy God as your portion, if your soul can say with the Church in Lamentations 3.24: ‘The Lord is my portion, saith my soul’, why should you not be satisfied and contented like God? God is contented, he is in eternal contentment in himself; now if you have that God as your portion, why should you not be contented with him alone? Since God is contented with himself alone, if you have him, you may be contented with him alone, and it may be, that is the reason why your outward comforts are taken from you, that God may be all in all to you.”*
It is insane that God Himself, who is enough to satisfy God Himself, is often perceived by me as not enough to satisfy my heart. If God is enough for God, why is He often not enough for me? That is insanity.
*Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Edinburgh & Carlisle, Pennsylvania: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1995), p. 66. Italics mine.
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