The Secret of Contentment By George Stroh, Senior Pastor
February 8, 2010
"Now, therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt." (Genesis 45:8)
Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. Years later, through many ups and downs, he became the second most important person of his time, second only to Pharaoh. Joseph, however, didn't know how things were going to work out for him. I'm sure most of us would have started questioning God's provision, wondering if God had forgotten about us and not have been content to wait upon the Lord
To his credit, even in the darkest days, Joseph kept trusting God and at the same time made the best out of every circumstance, not knowing if his situation would ever improve. One of the lessons we can learn from Joseph is to always strive to be and do the best we can, while remaining content with where God currently has us.
There are brothers and sisters in Christ who are currently dealing with health problems, financial issues, estranged relationships and other various trials and tribulations. While others are currently blessed with good health, abundant wealth and great relationships. Both groups need to remember that God is in total control. He gives and He takes away according to His good pleasure and His perfect sovereign plan. And we need to be content; "Trust in the Lord with all your hear And do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
Just like Joseph, you are where you are today for a good reason, a purpose that God alone has ordained. It does not matter if your circumstances today are good or bad or somewhere in between. Like Joseph, continue to do the best you can to the glory of God, while remaining content with God's plans, provisions and purposes knowing; "...that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Contentment is not about giving up... It's about faith in God, rather than faith in yourself or someone else. It is about believing in God's provision and His goodness. It's about knowing that He has everything under control. And it's about always doing the best you can in God's strength and to His glory while remaining content to be in the place He has placed you today; "... I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having an abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:11-13) Maranatha!