10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned 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.
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The message today is a simple one, where ever you are in your life, God is with you, and unless you stumbled out into the wilderness alone, He has you there for a reason. His reason. And if you did go blundering out on your own, he is bringing you back. So be content.
This does not mean you should have a lack of ambition or goals. It simply means you should not stew in bitterness and dissatisfaction because of where you happen to be at the moment. God has the long view in mind and He will get you where you want to go. Most likely if you are following Him, he put those desires in your heart to begin with. Because He knows what you want and what you need and He has chosen the best for you with those in mind.
When I was a kid, we took a trip from San Jose to Anaheim California, about eight hours. It was the longest trip in the world, looking out the window, seeing hundreds of cows, dry land, farms and countless other monotonous images. The trip was made more intense by what was waiting at the end….Disneyland. I could hardly stand it, soon farms gave way to freeways , and concrete vistas and yet we were still more than an hour away. I was beside myself because i didn’t not understand what I understand now. If I wanted to enjoy Disneyland, then the cows and the farms and the miles and the hours were part of that process.
Well we may be in a very uninteresting and even difficult part of our lives right now, but remember, the reward is coming, and if you can’t enjoy the moments along the way, at least be content in them knowing that in the end, its all worth it.