Jeremiah Burroughs - A Closer Look

Jeremiah Burroughs - A Closer Look

"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.”

Jeremiah Burroughs 1600 - 1646

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

The first idea for this comic was to put Burroughs in a scene where destruction raged all around him. Burroughs would be shown in the foreground on his knees, holding a Bible to his chest to show his contentment in God’s promises despite the destruction around him.

Then I stopped.

Unsatisfied with this first idea, I put on my thinking cap and went back to the drawing board. You might say I was discontent, but contentment would soon come.


Despite the reviews, this thinking cap worked splendidly. I took it off and began to sketch out the new idea. I would illustrate Burroughs in a sequence of discontentment leading to his final posture of contentment in the God of all comfort. The sequence goes as follows:


  1. Wealth: Burroughs’ first posture of discontentment comes in the form of financial distress as he reads the newspaper and discovers that his stocks are plummeting during an economic downturn.

  1. Comfort: When a rain cloud threatens his comfort, the newspaper becomes his only form of shelter from the coming storm.

  1. Health: The storm passes and Burroughs is left with the sniffles.

  1. Surrender: In the final pose he lets go of his troubles, tossing the newspaper to the ground, and surrenders to God.


I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at my recent Jeremiah Burroughs comic. For more context surrounding this quote, follow the link below to read “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” for free from the fine folks at Monergism.

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Love your artwork {literal and figurative}. Thankyou.


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