Good, Better, or Best
Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word, it doesn’t sugar coat. It doesn’t scrub history to make people look better. It tells what happened, the good, the bad and the ugly. In life - there is good, better, and best. And we often are responsible for choosing between them. Just like God permissible will, and God’s perfect will. (I Cor 10:23) Something each of us must face: Will you insist on what you think is good? Will you do what you want to do? Or will you wait for God’s best, and do what He wants you to do. Balaam begged and begged God to allow him to go to the king of the Moab (who promised a reward for putting a curse on the Israelites who were entering the promised land.) Finally God allowed him, but told him “Only say what I tell you to say.” On the way God’s anger burned against Balaam, and he was almost killed by the angel of the LORD. Balaam was not allowed to curse Israel, He was only allowed to bless him, but he advised the king of Moab to seduce the Israelites to sin, eating food sacrificed to idols, worshiping the gods of baal and peor, and committing adultery with the women of Moab. (Rev 2:14)… It brought God’s judgment on Israel, twenty-four thousand died in a plague until Phineas stopped it, and when they finally did conquer Moab, Balaam and his family were destroyed with them. When you insist on what you want to do, when you refuse to wait, or be sure that this is what God wants at this time, nothing good results in the end, there is always loss associated with it. Sarah came up with the brilliant idea of suggesting Abraham sleep with her servant girl, and have a child through her. Rather than waiting on God’s best, or even asking God again to make sure this was His plan, not just a stupid idea, Abraham just chose the lesser, and caused untold damage. Not only did he end up banishing his son and his baby mama, this boy’s descendants even today thousands of years later, remain the enemy of God’s promise, and the conflict in the Middle East that still rages today – is the result of that foolish decision. What seems good, isn’t. Settling for what you think is good, will have you miss out on God’s best, and brings consequence that you don’t need. The Israelites grumbled and complained about the manna they were given to eat – when they were in a desert and would have starved without it. God provided food from the sky, but they wanted meat, so they whined and complained, and even accused Moses of trying to kill them. So God finally sent meat for them to eat, but a wasting disease came with it. It always does… Every time you don’t wait on the LORD, or confuse what you think is good, with God’s best, and insist on what you think is good, instead of waiting, or yielding to God’s best… There is always a wasting disease that comes with it. There is always a waste, a huge loss. God’s best in God’s best time - you forfeit for something worth far less – sometimes nothing at all. Samson’s parents begged Samson to find a wife from among God’s people, but he insisted on going to Timnah to chase Delilah, the woman who betrayed him (three times – you’d think He would have gotten the message by the first two), who bound him, and eventually turned him over to his enemies – who gouged out his eyes, abused him for sport, making him a spectacle of ridicule among his bitter enemies who paraded him around. It cost him His life. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, insisted on wives of many nations, when God commanded them not to. They turned his heart away from God, and set up temples to other God’s in the promised land of Israel. It led to the exile of the nation. Saul wouldn’t wait on the LORD, he insisted on offering incense himself – and even consulted a medium, a witch… he engaged with the occult, dark powers – which God said was an abomination – and the kingdom was torn from him, he and his sons were killed in battle, and God raised up one who would do everything God wanted him to do. Jonah didn’t want God’s best, He wanted Tarsus instead. Sometimes Gods best isn’t what you want to do, because your thinking is in error – just like Jonah and Balaam’s. Praying that you will not settle for what seems good, but do God’s best. Praying that you won’t get in your mind something you want to do, but confirm with God what is the best that He has chosen for you, It might be a good thing, or even the best, but not at this time. It might just seem like a good thing, but God has way better. Part of trusting is waiting, part of waiting is trusting. And the biggest part of obeying is listening, and then doing what God says to do, at the time He appointed. Praying that your life will not be good or better, but always God’s best – so nothing is wasted, nothing that God has for you is forfeited, so you learn to wait on the LORD, trust in His plan, count this trial a joy, and determine that no matter what comes – you will follow where He leads you, even if He says – just wait right here for a minute. The question is, will you wait on God’s best, will you do what he says, or will you insist on doing what you want to do, that you think is best. If you ask Him, He’ll tell you, if you don’t know what He’s saying, just wait, He will make it clear. And whatever He tells you, you can trust Him.
Love you all,
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Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!