This year, God has tried to teach me the same lesson three times and I must admit that it was not until this past week that I learned it. When it clicked, I literally looked up and said “Ok, God I get it.” The lesson is contentment.
In this season, God has removed some people from my life. However, rather than accepting his plan, I questioned it, I talked about it, and I let it bother me. Honestly, the best thing to do is shut up, pray about it, and let it go. Taking the latter approach has caused me to have an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment. Because, whatever is meant for you is for you. Learn to be content in all circumstances. Contentment is a permanent state of mind, rather than a fleeting emotion. When you learn to be content, you will not be easily moved or shaken. You will be joyful and filled with peace. To be content is to be “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.” Of course you should never stop growing and maturing, but learn to be content in the interim. Learn to be patient in the process.
Just like Paul, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Trusting God’s plan requires us to be “spirit-led” and not “feelings-led.” Because feelings are fickle, but the spirit is everlasting. As much as we love and cherish our friends, sometimes we need to take our hurts and confusion to the throne, rather than the phone. Then, you must decide within yourself to allow God to handle it. Do not let your happiness be dependent on what is happening in the world around you. Greater is in store for you. Sometimes, the first step lies in your attitudes and actions. When you are content, you are free from emotional strongholds.