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Wouldn’t It Be Better

One of my favorite proverb is Proverbs 16:9: “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (NIV). We make our plans. God determines our steps. Often, we think we know better. We have these ideas or desires, and of course, it’s the greatest thing ever. We have to do it. We get nudges from the Spirit that there’s another way. We close our ears. We say, “Wouldn’t it be better.” We second guess the God Most High.

God was leading His people. The people did not always want to follow. They asked, “Why is the LORD taking us to this country,” because they couldn’t see the faithfulness of the Lord, or the goodness of the plan. We only see small glimpses or get a promise to go on. We cry out, “Wouldn’t it be better for us” to return to our past situation. We know the past. We are familiar with how it works. We think it might be better.

God calls us to better. Not our “better,” but His better. It might take us through some horrid wilderness. We might need to learn from our stubbornness. We may have to remove the log in our eye. Perhaps, He wants to show us a few things. But the best is coming. Not the better—not what we think will be good. We cannot even imagine what He has for us (see 1 Corinthians 2:9). The next time you consider a wouldn’t it be better scenario, consider with Who you are talking about “better.” Do you not think He knows about better?

“Why is the LORD taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” – Numbers 14:3 [NLT]

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The Best Pathway

The pathway that we travel in life can be a challenge or a breeze, a struggle or a journey. The Bible says that God will guide us “along the best pathway.” This reminds me of the Red Sea pathway. When the Israelites were freed to leave, God led them the long way. They didn’t go what we would consider as the best pathway. But it was the best pathway. We just do not think like God so we cannot always see why it is the best.

You might be in a place in your life right now where you are questioning the pathway you are on or the pathway that God is pointing you to take in life. You may be wondering if it truly is the best pathway. It might not look like a good path to take. It might not seem like the easiest path or the path that will bring about the most fun. It might be a scary path or a path that will cause you some grief—maybe some people will turn their backs on you when you select the path God is leading you to take right now.

We might not know where this pathway will lead or what God may have in mind, but we can always trust that He will guide us along the very “best pathway.” Don’t be a senseless horse. Keep pressing forward and allowing Him to show you the way. He knows the best pathway.

“The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.’” – Psalm 32:8-9 [NLT]

 

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Skewed Focus

1069972_10152056984878776_654235217_nDuring the summer, I often give my dog Max some ice cubes. When we come inside from a walk, I give him one ice cube to munch on and I try to encourage him to drink his water as well. But first thing in the morning he does not want to accept the ice cube because he expects a bone. Every morning he gets a bone to help clean his teeth. He tosses the ice cube on the floor and sits in defiance waiting for me to give him his bone first. He is focused on getting what is better to him so he won’t budge.

At times we have our focus skewed and we have our eyes focused on something that isn’t actually better for us.  Rather than taking the ice cube, we desire the bone. Our eyes light up when we see the bones in life, and we sometimes sacrifice the much needed ice cube for the bone. We do this in many areas of our life—with our family, with our jobs, with money and possessions, etc.

Today, ask God to help you with your focus. Ask Him what areas need adjusted. Seek His guidance and don’t just listen—follow.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” – Proverbs 4:25-26 [NIV]

Your Book Title

“Direct my footsteps according to your word, let no sin rule over me.” – Psalm 119:133 [NIV]

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV]

I never thought I would say this, but I have written three books. I cannot say that it was something that I did alone. Each of the books shares many God stories, and the books themselves were all written for God and His Kingdom. I recently started researching for a fourth book and I realized something that I never really thought—each book had a title before one word was written for the book. Before I wrote The Twelve Fingerprints, I was given the title and from that, I understood the basic outline to start my book. Before I set out on my journey to Australia, I understood that there would be a book to write about the trip and I was again given the title. Oddly enough, the adventure itself was not what the story was about, but something very different. Sometimes we are given a small piece of information, but it’s not what we think at all. I did not get the realization until I found myself face-to-face with a different reality than I imagined. I thought the journey would bring me somewhere better than I was before, but the idea I had was not what God had planned. We have a very different definition of “better.”

We do not think like God thinks, because we view things from our own human vantage point and we usually tend to think about what would be good for us by our own idea of good. For example, it would be good if all the bills got paid and we had some money left over. This isn’t something bad, but at times there is something else that God is working on in our lives. We are to walk in faith and trust in Him. These titles I was given before I started to write, but the book itself took time and there were many twists and turns in the writing process. This is the same for our own lives. We aren’t given all the answers. We are given a little piece to work with and we are to walk in faith. We are not going to know everything here on earth. We might have to be more patient than we like. We have to trust and obey. As you trust, you find that God will reveal Himself to you in a way you couldn’t imagine. I still don’t have all the answers, but I am blessed because of His revelation, because of the relationship I have with Him.

We too each receive titles if we accept Jesus into our lives, being then called “Children of God.” As a believer, your life should start with this title (imagine the book title)—Child of God or as Matthew West put it so well, “Child of the One True King.” Start with that for the title of your life book, and allow God to give you the body of the book with His timing. Allow Him to guide your steps.

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Some Great Thing

In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, army commander & leper went to Elisha for healing of the leprosy. Verse 11 says he “went away angry.” He thought that things would be different. Elisha did not come out. Elisha told him to go to the Jordan River and wash 7 times when other rivers were considered better. The servants  then said if the prophet Elisha would have told Naaman to do “SOME GREAT THING” his response would have been different.

Sometimes we come before God with our problems, our hurts, our dissatisfaction, our pain, our troubles– and we think that He will act in a particular way and do “some great thing.” As we know, our thoughts and ways are not like God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8). Even so, we can trust in His plan– it is a better plan. It is not some great thing. It is simply amazing, beyond our comprehension. Walk in faith. Trust in Him. He will do more than some great thing. Don’t try to limit God by not allowing Him to move.