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Are You Content?

Posted on October 7, 2014 in Devotionals

Does it ever seem like everyone else is being blessed but you? Have you wondered why the Lord continues to allow disappointment, suffering and hardship in your life?

There are so many stories in the scriptures of faithful believers who were able to remain content even in the midst of painful situations. A great example would be the Apostle Paul. Whether it was beatings, persecution, unfair trials, sickness among other devastating sufferings, he was still able to rise above the adversity. We can learn so much from Paul, including:

The solution to contentment is not found in things rather in a person (Phil. 4:11-12). As Christians, we should find joy in our relationship with the Lord, not in our situations. Having experienced intense trials and amazing suffering, Paul expressed his reason for remaining content in 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV): That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. The Lord is always there to help and his power is greater than ours will ever be.

Happiness in life does not depend on our circumstances. Do you know of people who decide to move their home, change jobs, divorce their spouse or change churches all in “search” of something “better?” What many may not realize is that the same issues you experienced where you were, will follow you wherever you go. A change in scenery is not a strategy. Only God can show us how to be satisfied regardless of our circumstances if we rely on Him. Simply pray to Him and tell Him how you feel and ask for his guidance on how to deal with your situation. And when He speaks, make sure to do what He tells you no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it might be.

God's grace is sufficient and all powerful. Paul left his home and family to build churches in dangerous and hostile places. As a result, he was imprisoned, persecuted, stoned and left for dead. He also discovered that God’s power is most evident when we are weak. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV). It is only when we acknowledge that we need the Lord in our lives that He will move heaven and earth on our behalf. Weakness forces us to depend on God’s power so don’t delay, call on Him – He’s ready and willing to help you.

Look at adversity through the lens of suffering for Christ’s sake. Realizing this doesn’t sound very appealing, but if you begin to look at circumstances as being “unto God,” then it’ll change your perspective and endurance. You'll most likely begin to see areas of your life, including hardship, as a means for which God can bring others to Him. God may choose to delay your deliverance so He can use your suffering for His purpose – this could be for right now or in the future. It’s entirely up to Him. Consider looking at this as a great charge that God will use you to advance His kingdom. Just trust in Him and know that He loves you and will never hurt you.

 

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