This life can get scary, confusing, and painful. In fact, most of the time it is. We cannot let our external circumstances determine our contentment. We can rest in the assurance that our home is not on this earth. We live with our hearts and minds set on things above. We no longer belong to the world, so we long for heaven.
We aren't there yet, but we find our contentment in the Lord. The circumstance we find ourselves in should not determine our contentment. Our contentment should lie in our Lord Jesus Christ. In dark nights, in deep waters, in calm, in uncertainty, in trials, in joys, in peace, in confusion, in it all we should rejoice. It is easier said than done, but it is done by trusting in our Savior and Sustainer.
In Philippians, Paul writes, “In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being content…” (Philippians 4:12) “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Our strength is found in Christ. He is the reason we will make it through. He only determines our contentment and joy because in Him they are found.
“No matter what happens--no matter what the circumstance-- I will praise the Lord.” Let this be the anthem of our hearts. “Yet, I will praise the Lord.” Though my circumstance is not what I desired, my God is still good and still worthy to be praised.
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18)
May we find our joy and strength in Him, and may our hope in the promise of heaven revive us again.