By Paul Sayers

Have you ever had a friend who always goes to you when they’re in some sort of trouble?  They consistently choose you as their lifeline when things go haywire in their life, and you always seem to have the right answers for them.  It’s a good feeling, right, being someone’s go-to?  It really gives you a feeling of satisfaction; knowing that you’re helping someone and having a positive impact on their life.  Well, what about when the problem is solved, they find balance in their life once again, and you get pushed off the grid? They don’t have anything that makes them feel out of their comfort zone, so your services are no longer required. Now it’s not such a good thing anymore, is it?  You feel used, and the connection between that individual no longer feels as genuine as you once thought.  It’s troubling to consider, and we’ve all experienced this, but how many times do we reach out to God for help when our world is crumbling and then put him on the back burner when all is well?

This is something you can probably relate to on a certain level, but many of us are on the other end of the spectrum and we find ourselves in a dysfunctional cycle of feeling content and feeling troubled. When we feel under pressure, stressed, or out of our comfort zones, we tend to find solace by praying to God and asking for answers. On the return end, when God pulls through and gives us the guidance to solve our problems, we tend to thank him and move on. We push Him off to the side until the next issue rolls around. Sound familiar? Being content is a very healthy way to live and it’s something that God wants us to strive for, but we cannot only decide to be sincere and reach out to God when trouble rolls around.  

Philippians 4:12-13 reads “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

We have to always, even when everything is right in our lives, continue to reach out to God and grow our relationship with him. If we become ignorant when our problems appear nonexistent, then trouble will find its way back into our lives. Only by staying consistent with God, can we find a life of pure contentment.  

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. - Matthew 6:25-34

You can see that the Lord tells you not to worry about the hardships that come your way.  If you can put God first in your life and trust in him despite the circumstance, you will always find yourself to be content and realize that anything and everything you go through is part of God’s bigger plan!