Be Content in Where You Are!

43a And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had;

Genesis 41:43a

Life today is all about getting to the top.  The salesman wants to be the head of sales.  The CPA wants to have his own business.  We want to drive that luxury car, or that decked out pick-up truck.  No more dining at McDonald’s for us; we strive to eat only at five-star restaurants.  When we speak, we want people to listen; and not just 4 or 5 people, but hundreds of people.  It’s all about the push to get to the top.

While we try to climb that mountain, we are seldom happy or content.  Where we are is not as important as where we are trying to go.  We don’t have the time to look at what’s around us; or who is around us.

Paul said he was content in any circumstance he was in.  Whether he was in prison, being beaten, or shipwrecked, he was content.  Not “content” meaning he was glad for his situation; not “content” in that he didn’t want to improve his situation; but “content” in that he knew that God was with him regardless of what the situation might be.

Joseph was always pushed down when it looked like he was headed for the top.  His coat of many colors got him thrown into a pit, and then sold into slavery.  He had the complete trust of Potiphar, but wound up in prison.  He helped the butler and the baker, but was forgotten about for two years.  When Joseph found favor with Pharaoh, he didn’t make it all the way to the top.  He had to settle for riding “in the second chariot.” 

Joseph was able to go through the problems he faced because he knew that God was with him.  The same was true for Paul.  They both knew that God was always going to be with them, regardless of their circumstances.  And knowing that, God was able to use them where they were. 

So whether you are in the “second chariot” or the “last chariot,” be “content” in knowing that God is with you.  He wants you to prosper; He wants to promote you; He wants you to have everything you are supposed to have.  But He needs to be able to use you where you are at the time.  There is something that only you can do because of where you are.  But if you’re too busy trying to get to the top, you’ll never notice what God has for you, right where you are at that moment.

~Charles A. Kalkomey