“be content with such things as you have.
For He Himself has said,
‘I will never leave you for forsake you.’ “
Being happy can be dangerous. Sometimes the things in life that make us happy pull us away from Him. We are less dependent on Him when things are going well. Material things, fulfillment in your work or your family, or even your ministry… If we don’t recognize them as being from Him, then they are distracting us from Him. Be content in Him, regardless of anything else.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and dine.’ “
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Could there be a more beautiful request, than to dine with Him?
In Genesis 15:7, God made this promise to Abraham:
“I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
You know when God fulfilled that promise? Upon the death of Abraham’s beloved Sarah. Genesis 23. The Lord works in mysterious ways. But He always keeps His promises.
“Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”
Just as there were those who did not recognize God’s solution until the Red Sea parted, or until Goliath was felled, there are those who did not recognize God’s own Son, even when He walked in their midst. And there are those who do not know Him now, though the faith to do so comes from Him.
The ram did not come out of the thicket and present itself to Abraham. Abraham went and took it. Jesus will not intrude in your life. He waits for you to take advantage of the solution that He brings.
“Then I hated all my labor in the which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool?”
We hope that the benefits of our hard work will be a blessing to our children. But what about the idea of promises to us, that are not fulfilled in our lifetime? Abraham had to leave God’s promises in the hands of his son. So did David. If we trust Him, then we need to make our peace with His plans.