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“Content” with our Citizenship

Weekly Devotionals

“Content” with our Citizenship

With the summer in full-swing, I am here in the States on vacation.  Though my time living in Korea has been considerable, I can’t help but feel completely relaxed and “at home” when I land at the JFK airport.  Once the immigration officer stamps my passport and says to me “Welcome Home”, there is a sense of comfort and familiarity that I begin experiencing.  As exhausting as it can get, there is just so much to see and do.  From local parks to theme parks, from the WaWa on the corner to the giant Wegmans supermarket, the variety in the States is amazingly overwhelming.  Along with the 4th of July holiday and the level of pride and patriotism that comes with being an American, I keep wondering how awesome it would be to live here.  I’m having a great time.  My family is having a great time.  My friends and family are happy to see us.

Just then, while shopping at the King of Prussia Mall with my kids, my son said to me, “I miss Korea.”  It caught me off guard.  Why would he want to leave this place?  We are at the largest mall in America, he has a new toy in one hand, and a snow cone in the other!  What more could he ask for?  Isaiah then said to me, “I miss my bed.  I miss my toys.  I miss my home.”

With a 64-ounce coffee in one hand and a Tastykake in the other, I paused for a moment.  Despite the passports we hold, Isaiah was right.  This place isn’t our home.  This is something that I always knew, but the glitz and glamour of it all made it easy to forget.

During this brief moment of reflection, I was reminded of two foundational truths.  Hebrews 13:14 reminds us that this world is “not our permanent home.”  The reason for this is Philippians 3:20.  Our “citizenship is in heaven.”  Though elementary to many of us, this was a good refresher.  The other reminder was Proverbs 14:30.  Envy is a tricky thing.  For many, envy can come in the form of wishing you had your colleague’s job.  Perhaps it’s a matter of wanting the type of house your neighbor has?  I have definitely fallen victim to this sin, but this week, I was envious of what my life could have been if I lived here in the States.  Regardless of what that possibility could have yielded, Philippians 4 reminds us all to “be content” in all situations.  This definition of “content” doesn’t mean we should settle for whatever our lives are currently.  I believe it means we should remain thankful for what the Lord has already abundantly provided.

This week, wherever you find yourself, take a moment to reflect and thank the Lord for being our Jehovah Jireh.  He knows what we need, when we need it, and just how much of “it” we need.  His timing is always perfect and his provision is always more than enough.