"Be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for God Himself has said, 'I will not in any way fail you, nor give up on you, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor let you down. I will not relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!'" Hebrews 13:5
What person on Earth has not at some point complained about his or her life's circumstances? What person who has ever experienced life in all of its glory and all of its harshness not desperately desired a different situation? What person has not cried out with heartbroken yearning for something more? Each and every one of us is guilty.
We are guilty of wishing away the time: working for the weekend, crying over spilled milk, and longing for the greener grass on the other side. We get so caught up in what we don't have, who we don't know, and how things didn't go, we become resentful, bitter, and angry. We lead empty lives, wandering around minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day, thinking about a million what ifs and hoping for a light to break through the darkness but never really believing it will come. We let our wanting overcome our entire lives; we let it move us and shape us and build us into people with no joy who are full of worry, doubt, and pain.
God's Word simply and plainly tells us this: STOP.
Hebrews 13:5 reminds us to be satisfied, and the Amplified version of this verse emphasizes God's promise by repeating it: 'I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down.'
In the world's greatest test of trust for God's provision, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his one and only son, the son who was to fulfill God's covenant with Abraham concerning his numerous descendants. (Check out Genesis 18-22 for the full story.) Abraham didn't complain; he didn't worry. He obeyed with these simple words: God will provide (22:8.) Provide He did. Abraham wasn't cheerful about being asked to kill his own son; he didn't go skipping up the mountain side, knife in hand, joyful about this confusing and difficult time in his life. He simply calmly and quietly obeyed God, trusting in Him to provide.
Like Abraham, we aren't always going to be ecstatic about what life hands us or what God is doing, but we do need to remember God is there, and He is working it out. In the book One Night With the King, Tommy Tenney writes, "I learned long ago that sometimes we have to live with far less than our highest wish. Yet even then, God walks through the disappointment with us. We are not second-class persons to Him just because our lives have taken us to some low places - some of them our own making, some of them not. I believe even then He can do mighty things through us. He can reveal a purpose for our suffering. Your story is not over [just because your situation is not ideal.] In fact, I am convinced it's hardly even begun."
It's time to stop wasting time on the "could'ves," "should'ves,"has beens," and "what ifs." Today, if your heart is heavily burdened and your mind is woefully focused on all the things you don't have, don't like, can't accomplish, and want to be different, let them go. Ask God to help you look for satisfaction at this point in your life. Ask Him to remind you of the mountains He has already carried you over, the promises He has already kept, and the blessings He has already poured out on you. Remember that like Abraham, you may not understand, but you can walk out the situation in full peace and full trust, relying on the faithfulness of God. Don't spend another moment wallowing in resentment and pity. Instead, be satisfied with your present circumstances, remembering that God promises He will not leave you without support.
This devotional was written from the heart of Megan Bolton, a woman who knows that yes, God does walk through the disappointment with us. If I can pray with you or encourage you in any way, feel free to email me at email@example.com . God bless, and may peaceful satisfaction overcome you!