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Finding Contentment

1/6/2018

 

 

Recently I have been stuck in what feels like a constant period of waiting. As much as I’d like to say that I’ve been patient through this time in my life, the truth is that I haven’t. As a Christian I truly believe that God sees the big picture and maybe this time of waiting in my life is here for a bigger and better purpose. I am human though, and at times the doubts in my mind take control over my thoughts and emotions.

 

The other day I was complaining to someone in my life about how I’m just so tired of waiting for a job. I’m in school right now, but in my mind the facts are that I’m 21 and feel as though that I need a stable job in order to start saving for the future and for student loan debts. As I was sitting there driving down the road complaining to this person, I could feel myself just getting more and more frustrated and heartbroken.

 

The person looked to me and said,

“If you’re feeling like you’re stuck in this waiting period and you’re doing everything you can and nothing is working; go back to the last thing you know for a fact that God told you to do and pursue it with your whole heart.”

 

I mean wow. That piece of advice hit me like a wrecking ball. Maybe I’m in this time of waiting with constant job opportunities getting slammed in my face and never working out, because God wants me to take a step back to work on myself and pursue with my whole heart the last thing I know for sure He told me to do.

 

            Whether it’s being jobless, relationship issues, family problems, finances, houses, or whatever else is troubling you because you feel as though you’re stuck, just know that God is on the throne and He is in complete control over every little thing that is taking place in your life right now.

God says,

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 (ESV).

 

God calls us not to be anxious about anything that we are feeling stuck in. Often times we sweat over things to come in the future and being prepared, but the truth is that none of us are promised tomorrow and by worrying and sweating over preparing for the future we are taking away precious times with loved ones and filling our hearts and lives with complaints that God intended to be blessings.

 

            God has a reason for every season in our lives, and some of the toughest seasons create future seasons that are filled with joy and prosper. We need only be patient and diligent in those tough seasons, and in all seasons to seek the Lord.

 

“Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 (ESV).

 

Cling to God and take refuge in Him in the good times and bad, because He is the only one who is in control and knows the plans for our entire lives. God loves each and every one of His children through the good times and bad, and He promises to never leave them or forsake them. So why are we so burdened with tomorrow and tomorrows to come? It’s because our flesh is weak and we all have doubts; but it’s in those doubts that we are called to be strong and courageous and to know that while we might not know the plans of our lives, God does and He is in complete control.

 

Verses to give you peace and understanding in all circumstances~

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

 

“”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

 

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8 (NIV)

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