I was working on my budget today. Numbers are a hard reality that can be rather pessimistic. I don’t have the financial strength I would like. So Asaph, I get Psalms 73. It is so easy to look at the nice houses and nice cars then become envious. Contentment isn’t maintained by peaceful thinking but by a war of perspective.
I took a walk and prayed about it. On the walk, I smelled honeysuckles. Those flowers have history in my family. My grandma used to have neighbors that had a window box full of them. The smell drove my mind back to family vacations at her house and the joys of childhood. I stood smelling the honeysuckles and thought that I might not own the nice house but no one could take away that wonderful smell.
Often, we focus on the troubles of our current situation. But we ignore the joys that God has provided for us today. We would do very well to stop, remember the goodness of God, and smell the honeysuckles.
I have never been rich. But God has never failed to provide for me. More amazingly, God has kept me out of debt. There are so many things that God has blessed me with. I have a job I love, a family that loves me, and so many friends that care about me through my church, school, and family. So not counting money, which is such a fickle thing anyway, I guess I am rich.
The world is a scary place. Troubles, violence, and disasters are in the news daily. But that’s not our destiny; and, even if the world should fall into chaos now, God will win in the end. The promises of scripture tell us that God’s Son will return. Jesus will rule and reign on this earth with complete justice. So, in spite of the problems of today, the problems of the world, or any other problems, I can be happy because God promised the Christian that they will rule and reign with Him. For a thousand years, I will be able to enjoy paradise that Jesus’ rule will create.
You know, I can wait. God will provide for me now. Jesus is going to bring a paradise later. By keeping all this in my mind, I can be content with what I have. I am going to agree with Asaph. “God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” And “I have put my trust in the Lord GOD.”