Even if your promised land still seems so far away, you know that you are content with where God has you because your hope, faith, trust, and whole heart abides with Him.
We’ve taken the last 23 days to look deeply into what that entails, so going forth, I thought it would be beneficial for us to look at keeping our focus on being content even when we’ve reached our promised land. The earthly promised land, that is.
Over coffee a with a dear friend a few months ago, chatting about life, she made the statement: “You know, I’m finally in the best place I’ve ever been and I’m just so grateful to not have to be begging God each day to keep me afloat.”
While I sat, listening with happiness and a grateful heart for my friend, who’s endured a tough journey for the last 2 years, part of me cringed that her perspective was that she could take a sabbatical for approaching the Lord with desperation in her days ahead.
The hard truth of the matter is, our promised land experience could end tomorrow. Especially if we haven’t learned the lesson of complete dependence and surrender in our journeys of not OK. Remember, our seasons of not OK are not accidents. They’re appointed by God to draw us to His feet and open our hearts and minds to the simple.
Even in our season of contentment we should hold on, stand tall, and pursue Him with the same desperation we were faced with in our season of not OK. This is hard, I know. But isn’t He worth pursuing regardless of our circumstance?
I have had some of my most beautiful cathedral moments when everything in my life was right, still, and peaceful because my heart could appreciate all the more His grace, sustainment and power in holding me there.
The promised land is just as important as the journey that took us there.
Sometimes I think we treat our satisfaction with God much like a buffet. We keep making just one more trip to the line, piling up our plates, looking for anything that will fill the craving… hoping something more will be forthcoming. Rather than laying down our fork, pushing back from the table and giving thanks for what’s been provided. If nothing else comes Lord, I’m full and thank you.
Being satisfied with our niche in life, trusting that He has everything under control no matter what comes, requires extensive focus and attention on Christ. Colossians 3:15