“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
I once heard it said that how you respond to other’s blessings in life is really important. Instead of sulking and wishing we had what they have; we should be congratulating them and being genuinely happy for them.
But let’s be honest: That’s not an easy job.
It’s not easy constantly being the third wheel tagging along on your friend’s dates.
It’s not easy watching all of your friends get married while you remain single.
It’s not easy seeing friends and family welcome a new baby while you’ve been trying for years to have one of your own.
But yet we’re still commanded to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15).
I’ve noticed a lot of good happening in others lives recently and as much as I want to be really really happy for them, it’s hard. I see the things that they are gaining that I wish I had. I know that in time some of that will come (or may come) but I’ve just got to wait.
So, the question is how can I be happy for others and content where God has placed me when I want what others have (whether that be a deep friendship, a romantic relationship, a better job, a newer car, etc.)?
The answer comes from only one place: God. We learn how to be content and happy for others when we read the Bible and spend time in His Presence.
We learn from Paul that contentment is possible. He says in Philippians, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11).
When we continually spend time in His word we are reminded that contentment doesn’t come from our circumstances. Contentment comes from God. It comes from knowing and loving and serving a loving and caring God.
He hears each and every prayer that we pray and His Spirit helps us pray when we don’t have the words (Romans 8:26). He sees our tears (Revelation 7:17). He hears our cries and sees our affliction (Exodus 3:7-8a). He will NEVER leave us and He has our best intentions in mind (Deuteronomy 31:6, Is. 55:8-9, Romans 8:28).
So in the meantime while you are waiting for “that thing” to finally happen to you be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). Hang on tight to God and trust in His timing. I know that that’s something you hear so many times you’re probably sick of it. However, His thoughts are far above ours and He has good plans for you (Is. 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:8-9).
Until next time,