It’s a different story when you’re in the middle of the storm, your friends aren’t around you, and your plan is falling apart.
But God calls each one of us to remain content in Him not only when times are good, but especially when times are bad.
Not only when we have victory, but also when we’re right in the middle of our deepest struggle.
Not only when He answers our prayers, but also when Heaven seems to ignore our calls.
For the longest time I didn’t understand what exactly it meant to be “content” in Christ.
Being content means to be mentally and emotionally satisfied with the ways things are.
It means we are willing to accept circumstances without complaining.
But how in the world can you be content when life is just plain hard?
When your dreams, your relationships, and your plans just seem to keep falling apart?
Does it mean you need to settle for less than what you have always dreamed of and prayed for?
Does it mean you need to stop trying to keep on pursuing those things that you desire?
No, what I have personally learned is that there is a big difference between settling and being content.
Settling means that when you find yourself in a less than easy situation in life you choose to stay there, whether intentionally, or on purpose.
It would be like the Israelites who left for the Promised Land but got stranded in the desert.
Their life wasn’t turning out the way they planned.
The Promised Land seemed unreal and far off in the distance.
So they chose to stay in the desert instead.
By complaining about how hard it was and disappointing God with their lack of faith and disobedience time after time.
They were meant to be in the desert for a short period of time but they chose to put their roots down and settle there instead because they weren’t getting what they wanted quickly enough.
But if only they were content their story would have a different outcome.
They would have said “Our circumstances are hard, but they won’t last forever.”
They would have said “God has brought us this far, He’ll be faithful in helping us make it the rest of they way.”
They would have said “Sure, all we have is manna right now, but soon we’ll be living in a land flowing with milk and honey, we can endure this for a little longer”.
See being content means to be satisfied with less… while you are waiting for more.
Being content doesn’t mean you give up on your dreams…. Joseph didn’t.
It just means you keep serving God faithfully in the little until He brings it to pass.
Being content doesn’t mean you settle for being a shepherd when you were called to be a king… David didn’t.
It just means you keep praising Him in the desert while you wait for Him to prepare the palace for you.
Being content doesn’t mean you stop praying for your desires to be fulfilled… Abraham didn’t.
It just means you keep trusting God when your hands are empty as you wait for Him to fill them at the right time.
Being content means trusting God when He puts you on hold.
It means choosing to worship instead of complain while you are walking in the desert towards your Promised Land.
It means maybe at the moment you don’t have what you’ve been waiting and praying for but you remain thankful for what you do have.
It means being happy to have our needs met, even when our wants remain unfulfilled.
It means trusting that God is working out His plan for our life and we will use every season and circumstance to grow in Him knowing that it’s all meant for our good.
“Be thankful for all things, good and bad because if it’s not blessing you, it is surely building you.” -Mandy Hale
It it’s not blessing us than it’s there to grow us. And in the end growing to be like Jesus will always be worth the pain.
Today, remember that you choose, like the Israelites whether you’ll be content or whether you’ll complain.
Whether you’ll be grateful for God bringing you to this point or grumble about where He has yet to take you.
Today, choose to be content with Christ knowing that every circumstance He allows you to be in will only bring you a step closer to where He’s taking you to next.
God required the Israelites to walk through the desert, Joseph to be stuck in a dungeon cell, and David to hide away in caves before He brought them to their final place.
And He’ll require you to go through times of testing as well.
To build you up and strengthen your faith.
And to prove to you in the end that He’ll get you to the finish line.
Keep trusting God during the hard times and your good days will be sweet. Have a blessed day! –Anna… ♥
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”- Philippians 4:11-13