Spiritually Speaking: For the Best

1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 

Maybe it’s just me, but I think sometimes we have a hard time trusting that God truly has our best interest in mind.

Whether we’re born planners or not, we all have expectations for the way we think our life is going to play out.

There is nothing wrong with having dreams and tentative goals; God never created us to be aimless and dependent on happenstances.

However, usually our best made plans are the very ones the Lord has to make some adjustments to.

Proverbs 16:9 (KJV) states, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Let’s be honest, we have a hard time surrendering our preconceived notions over to Him.

We ask God for His will to be done, and I believe we all mean it because we know His way is the better way. We know God knows us better than we know ourselves, and that He sees the bigger picture, but it’s easier thought than acted upon.

So the minute things start shifting and it doesn’t look like our wishes will be granted (at least not in the way we thought they would) we still panic.

We start crying: “Why is God allowing this? I thought He loved me! He said He wants to give me the desires of my heart!”

He does.

The way the Lord might go about delivering those desires, however, is another story that He is not necessarily obligated to share with us.

Just like Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

He knows what we need and tries to fulfill those empty spaces first. Once those needs are met, we may find out our wants really aren’t that important after all.

Whether what God does and gives to us is temporary or not, His main goal is always to test our reaction and attitude. If we respond with contentment and thanksgiving, regardless if we like what we see at first, the results that follow are bound to be much more enjoyable.

Isn’t it all about His purpose for us, anyway?

Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

I know firsthand what it is like trying to fathom why plans that were headed in a certain direction suddenly came to a halt and an imaginary eraser went to work on my life agenda. 

I also can say the least expected occurrences turned out to be the greatest blessings. And when I’ve tried to make things come to pass by my own ability, it really isn’t as fulfilling or as amazing as I had imagined.

For a trivial example, if you were to ask me back in high school where I would be now, I would never have told you I’d be working in an office and actually enjoying it!

I would have laughed at you if you would have told me I would be living in and tolerating one of the hottest places on earth. I would have laughed really hard.

God surely has a sense of humor. But looking back now, it all makes sense.

So, as a favorite preacher of mine once said, don’t pray God changes His mind; pray He changes yours.

Romans 12:2 (KJV) explains, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Life is less painful when we stop resisting His way; it’s hard sometimes, but it pays to be grateful for what He is doing. Even when the situation itself does not look “good,” we can always be assured it will be for our good.

We often become obsessive over what we think is best for us; we are easily blinded by the present tense and automatically judge based on the face value of what our physical eyes see.

Truth is though, tricky as it is to accept and believe at times, the Lord really does want to give us more than we can dream or scheme for.

Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…”

Don’t be afraid to ask your Father for great things; tell Him your dreams; be specific! But at the end of your prayer, don’t hold onto those thoughts too tightly. Place them in the Potter’s hands and ask Him to continue to do His will in your life, above all.

Once we let them go, only He can take them and shape them to be the beautiful designs we had only hoped them to be.

Shakespeare’s Garden, Central Park, New York City, New York

I’ll leave you with this thought: FFH has a song called “What If Your Best” that is worth a listen, especially the part of the chorus that says “I want Your best but what if it’s less than what I ask / And what I’m hoping?”