Contentment In The Midst

How do you handle the circumstances you don’t understand?

And how many times do we really understand everything God is doing in our lives?

Paul said that “we know 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).

I was thinking about these words and suddenly I saw them in a new light. Think of this. Perhaps the things we don’t understand are a “working together for good” by the God who sees the end from the beginning. And perhaps we need to take a step back and acknowledge the greatness and glory of our God who loves us too much to leave things as they are. Instead, we can believe all He tells us in His Word, and trust that He is truly accomplishing what concerns us (Psalm 138:8) and we can rest in the fact that our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15).

James McConkey says in Streams in the Desert

Abraham could not understand why God should ask the sacrifice of the boy; but he trusted. And he saw the glory of God in his restoration to his love. Moses could not understand why God should keep him forty years in the wilderness, but he trusted; and he saw when God called him to lead forth Israel from bondage.

Joseph could not understand the cruelty of his brethren, the false witness of a perfidious woman, and the long years of an unjust imprisonment; but he trusted, and he saw at last the glory of God in it all.

Jacob could not understand the strange providence which permitted the same Joseph to be torn from his father’s love, but he saw the glory of God when he looked into the face of that same Joseph as the viceroy of a great king, and the preserver of his own life and the lives of a great nation.

And so, perhaps in your life. You say, “I do not understand why God let my dear one be taken. I do not understand why affliction has been permitted to smite me. I do not understand the devious paths by which the Lord is leading me. I do not understand why plans and purposes that seemed good to my eyes should be baffled. I do not understand why blessings I so much need are so long delayed.”

Friend, you do not have to understand all God’s ways with you. God does not expect you to understand them. You do not expect your child to understand, only believe. Some day you will see the glory of God in the things which you do not understand.

James McConkey

While on a myPhotoWalk photoshoot at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium and Safari Park in Phoenix, Arizona, I happened to spot this zebra standing behind these wood posts, almost as if trying to remain unnoticed to onlookers who were walking near its habitat. It’s as though the zebra had stepped back to watch all who were passing by, drinking in the activity of the moments. That zebra was content to stand back and watch all that was going on around it.

Sometimes I need to do the same thing in my own circumstance. I need to step back and think about the words from God’s Word so that I can focus on the truth and God’s promises. The result is a contentment in the midst of any difficulty I don’t understand. Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). The word for “content” is autarkes in the Greek and means a satisfaction independent of outward circumstances. Contentment in the midst is fueled by knowing God’s Word and will grow by putting your faith in the truth of God’s Word when you cannot see its reality through the fog of adverse circumstances.

So today, dear friend, find encouragement from believing all God says in His Word and you will find contentment in the midst.

God bless you dear friend, as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Contentment In The Midst
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  • Description: On a myPhotoWalk with the Lord through the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, I captured this zebra peering through some wood posts in the corner of the habitat where it lives.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 5/2/14
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 80.0-400.0 mm, Focal Length 400.0 mm (effective 600.0mm on cropped sensor), f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400.
  • Photoshoot: Daytime myPhotoWalk at The Wildlife World Zoo PhotoShoot and Aquarium and Safari Park in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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