An easy hell

(Thomas Watson, "The Art of Divine Contentment")

"I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need." Philippians 4:11-12

Whatever affliction or trouble a child of God meets with — it is all the hell he shall ever have! Whatever eclipse may be upon his name or estate — it is but a little cloud which will soon be blown over — and then his hell is past!

Death begins a wicked man's hell.
Death ends a godly man's hell.

Think with yourself, "What is my affliction? It is but a temporary hell. Indeed, if all my hell is here on earth — it is but an easy hell. What is the cup of affliction — compared to the cup of damnation!"

Lazarus
could not get a crumb; he was so diseased that the dogs took pity on him — and as if they had been his physicians, licked his sores. But this was an easy hell — the angels quickly fetched him out of it!

If all our hell is in this life — and in the midst of this hell, we have the love of God — then it is no more hell, but paradise! If all our hell is here on earth, we may see to the end of it; it is but skin-deep, it cannot touch the soul. It is a short-lived hell. After a dreary night of affliction, comes the bright morning of glory!

Since our lives are short — our trials cannot be long!

As our riches take wings and fly away — so do our sufferings!

Let us learn then, to be content, whatever our circumstances.