“Let your afflictions be what they will, there is not one of you, but has more mercies than afflictions. Objection. You will say, ‘Yes, but you do not know what our afflictions are such as you do not conceive of, because you do not feel them.’
Answer. Though I cannot know what your afflictions are, yet I know what your mercies are, and I know they are so great that I am sure there can be no afflictions in this world as great as the mercies you have. If it were only this mercy, that you have this day of grace and salvation is continued to you: it is a greater mercy than any affliction. Set any affliction beside this mercy and see which would weigh heaviest; this is certainly greater than any affliction.
That you have the sound of the Gospel still in your ears, that you have the use of your reason: this is a greater mercy than your afflictions. That you have the use of your limbs, your senses, that you have the health of your bodies; health of body is a greater mercy than poverty is an affliction. No man who is rich, if he is wise, and has a sickly body, would not part with all his riches that he might have his health.
Therefore your mercies are more than your afflictions.”
–Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1648/2002), 173.
“Earthly-mindedness is the root of apostasy.”
-–Jeremiah Burroughs, A Treatise Concerning Earthly-Mindedness: Showing the Great Sin of Thinking as the World Thinks Rather Than Thinking God’s Thoughts After Him, Ed. Don Kistler. (Orlando, FL: Soli Deo Gloria, 1649/2006), 43.
“All the love that ever was in any parents towards their children, is but as one drop of the infinite ocean of fatherly love that there is in God unto His people.”
–Jeremiah Burroughs, The Saints’ Happiness, Delivered in Divers Lectures on the Beatitudes (Reprint, Beaver Falls, Pa.: Soli Deo Gloria, 1988), 193–202.
“The evil of idolatry is in this: you depart from God… God is slighted and condemned when you choose to make earth your god rather than the infinite First Being of all things. A man might despise his wife, an abominable sin, and choose to go to a queen, the most beautiful woman in the world, forsaking his wife. But to leave a queen or an empress, who is the most beautiful woman upon earth, and to have the heart cleave to a base dunghill-raker, would this not be a great show of contempt to the beautiful queen? Yet is is so when you forsake the blessed, eternal God as your Chief Good, and choose the things of the earth… You forsake the Fountain of living waters, the blessed God, and your heart cleaves to the dust. You seek your contentment and happiness in cisterns that can hold no water! Let the heavens be astonished at this horrible wickedness.”
–Jeremiah Burroughs, A Treatise Concerning Earthly-Mindedness: Showing the Great Sin of Thinking as the World Thinks Rather Than Thinking God’s Thoughts After Him. Ed. Don Kistler. (Orlando, FL: Soli Deo Gloria, 1649/2006), pp. 24-25.