The NIV version of this scripture reads, “Be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you””. The MSG claims to not be obsessed with getting more material things. However, I like NIV’s version because it’s very broad and can be applied to more than just objects.
A couple posts back, I wrote “Get Up!“. Within it, I talk about the importance of knowing when to get out of your funk and knowing when it’s time to indulge in self-care. During this short period, I was upset at myself for my previous actions/intentions and it took me a while to forgive myself. I was coping with these feelings by isolating myself from loved ones and enjoyable tasks/activities. During this time, I felt like I didn’t have the tools needed to help me get out of a funk, but that’s what negative thinking will do to you.
I had convinced myself that I didn’t have enough time to do what was beneficial for me or enjoyable to me. I had convinced myself that being in the presence of people who love and care about me (although I would find it enjoyable) it would still somehow annoy me and cause me to want to isolate myself even more. I had convinced myself that what I had wasn’t enough.
God promises to be with us always. Meaning that whenever we feel like we’re lacking in any areas of our lives, He’s always there to pick up those extra burdens. Therefore, me feeling like I was alone was a human emotion, but as a believer I must remember that I’m never alone. God is always with me, and because of that, it is when I feel my loneliest, or my lowest that I should dig deep down into my joy. Because what is meant for me will be for me and I will have it always.
For example, my loved ones are mine. God placed them in my life for a reason, and I am thankful. My hobbies and interests have allowed me to share and serve others, in hopes that what I love to do is used to help someone else. It’s ALWAYS bigger than me and it’s also bigger than you. Therefore, be content with what you have. Use what you have to show appreciation, to serve, to celebrate, to uplift, and to worship. Just because you don’t think it’s enough does not mean God thinks the same. What He has provided for you is efficient. YOU’RE enough.
If you’ve ever felt like you needed more, take a step back and see the bigger picture. God gives us just enough. Use it.
Thanks for reading,