“How do I know what God’s best is? How do I know if I’m settling for less than it? How do I know if I’m passing it up?”
Have you ever wondered— okay, let me call it what it is– worried about this? I have. Because if God’s best is knowable, then I want to learn how I can know it. Wouldn’t you?
I have good news– God’s best is knowable! In fact, He wants us “to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10, NIV84).
So what is God’s best?
“God’s best for our lives…is simply the acceptance of His perfect will and the recognition of His authority in every area of our lives.”1 Simply, SIMPLY…don’t you love that?!? If Osbeck (the guy who’s quote that is, check the endnotes) were here, I’d be initially tempted to duke it out with him…”WHAT DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT KNOWING GOD’S BEST IS SIMPLE?!? TELL ME, HAVE YOU LOST SLEEP OVER THE COMPLEXITIES OF FIGURING OUT WHAT GOD’S BEST IS…HAVE YOU, HAVE YOU, HAVE YOU?!?” But then I’d have to concede…because he is right. Knowing God’s best is not complicated at all.
God knows what is best.
We believe that God knows what is best.
So we seek Him and His best.
He reveals Himself and what is best.
And we respond.
You see, the key is faith. “When [we] walk by faith, [we] will claim all that God has for [us]; but unbelief is always content to settle for something less than God’s best”.2 Not having faith (unbelief) is doubting that God knows what is best— it’s refusing to accept His perfect will and recognize His authority in every area of our lives. After all, when we doubt God we tend to turn to ourselves and our own rationale and feelings to determine for ourselves what is “best”. Don’t we? And it more often than not it doesn’t stop there…because when we determine for ourselves what we think is “best” we start giving suggestions to God.
“Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:13-14, NASB95)
God’s best is God-determined! And what He has determined will come to be. He “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:11, NIV84).
“Many Christians see God at work in their lives yet they still wonder, “What if I blow it? What if I do something wrong and God gets angry or impatient with me? Will all His promises fail me? Will I have to settle for something less than His best?” No– never! If your heart is right before God, if you keep returning to Him and seeking Him with all your heart, nothing will change His plans for you!”3
Do we believe it? Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (NASB95). Do we believe that God is God? Then it is necessary for us to believe that He knows what is best and is faithful to His promise that as we seek Him and what His best is for our lives He will light the way and walk with us step by step!
Believing and Seeking,
1. Kenneth W. Osbeck. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications. 1996. 261.
2. Warren W. Wiersbe. Be Strong. “Be” Commentary Series. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books. 1996. 88.
3. David Wilkerson. “God Knows What Is Best For Us!” Daily Devotional. November 3, 2011. Available from http://wwww.davidwilkerson.com/en/view/devotions?page=48.