Do you find yourself miserable because of certain life circumstances that you find yourself in? Are you worried constantly at how you will manage things? We are living in difficult times and as such there are many people who are having to do with very little. Others are faced with health issues that limit what they can do. The question is how are you handling the situation that you find yourself in?
A few years ago I was meditating on the word of God in prayers concerning certain difficult situations in my life. I was miserable because I needed certain things to change as well as wanting more materially. Obviously I was looking at life from a worldly perspective as opposed to God’s perspective. Suddenly I received a revelation that all I needed I already had. I had been so focused on what I did not have and forgot to appreciate what I had, which in reality was all that I needed.
Many times we miss the daily joy of life because we are too focused on what is not or are engrossed with worries for tomorrow. We want more to fill the emptiness in our lives instead of filling the space with Christ. Christ warned us against worrying about life issues like food, clothing, shelter amongst such because life was much more than that, Mathew 6:25.
Worry has many ill effects, apart from robbing us the joy of living. Instead of living for the moment and accomplishing what we can with what we have, we tend to forfeit what we have in pursuit of what we do not have. The reality of the matter is that if one is not thankful of what they have now, they will still not be thankful when they have those others things that they desire.
Paul in his epistle to the Philippians, shows that he had overcome this problem by learning to focus on Christ and alludes to the fact that he “can do all things through Christ who strengthens me“ Philippians 4:13. Indeed scripture states that Jesus is “ the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12: 2) and in all things we should focus on Him and avoid being overwhelmed by circumstances surrounding us.
Paul was content because he saw things from God’s perspective. He focused on what he was supposed to do and not on what he felt he should have. He had detached himself from the nonessentials so that he could concentrate on the eternal.
Right now you may be concerned that you do not have a lot of money, your own house, a newer car amongst such things. But ask yourself this, does your car provide transportation needs? Do you have shelter somewhere? Do you have provisions for food? Instead of worrying and complaining about what you do not have, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added to you” Mathew 6: 33.
To seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness entails taking the character of God and making it your pattern of living. This will ensure that you heed the advise Yahshua gave that we “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Mathew 6: 34.