I am sitting on my couch, alone, in the quiet for the first time in a long time. I was not really thinking about anything particular when part of a scripture popped into my head. The words that stuck out were, “being content in the state I am in.” So, I looked it up and here it is. I read the whole chapter, but this is the part that stood out to me. Philippians 4; 4-13 NKJV
4. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5. Let your fairness be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6. Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9. Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me has flourished again; in which you were also concerned, but you lacked opportunity.
11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content.
12. know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.-
13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
It is so easy for us to get caught up in thinking about ourselves and what we want or how we don’t like the situation we are in. Being content does not mean that we give up, or that we will just settle for the way things are, rather it is being thankful to the Lord for what he has already done for us and knowing that if we allow him to guide us, he will. He will either change me or he will change the situation and I have to be willing to wait for him to move. And not only do I have to wait, but I have to pray. (verse 6-7)
I recently heard someone say that the best medicine for someone who is depressed or just a little low is to reach out and praise the Lord. When I heard it, it made perfect sense. Praising and worshiping the Lord is a very selfless act. It requires submission and humility. It takes the emphasis off of what you are feeling internally and it places that emphasis on the One who can help you. You will begin to feel a weight lift off of your shoulders. I am not saying that that our situations aren’t important or that what we go through as humans isn’t hard, but Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. There is nothing we can go through on this earth that will be harder then what Jesus did for us on Calvary. If we can remember that, it might help us put our lives into perspective. I want to have joy in Jesus no matter what is going on in my life and remain consistent in serving him while I am waiting for him to move.