From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
— Acts 17:26
In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. So he went to visit the head monk of a local monastery and asked to spend the rest of his life living in isolation and devoting himself to prayer and worship.
“Your Majesty,” said the monk, “do you understand that the pledge you’re making is one of obedience? That will be hard because you’ve been a king.”
“I understand,” said Henry. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you as Christ leads you.”
“Then I will tell you what to do,” said the old monk. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.”
When King Henry died, it was written about him, “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”
Quite often, people grow weary of their daily roles and responsibilities. But it’s in those times we must remember that God has given each and every one of us a ministry wherever we are and whatever we do. So instead of despising your situation in life, see it as your mission field and use it for God’s glory!
Pray that God would give you contentment in your current situation and that He’d show you how to make the biggest possible impact for Him.
Questions for Thought
What situations have you experienced in life that you just wanted to escape? Looking back, how did God work in your life through it?
In your life situation today, how can you make the biggest possible impact for God’s Kingdom?