God’s Best For Us

I have lived now for more than half of a century on this planet. I have broken all of the 11 commandments and yet I can tell you I have found peace and contentment in my life. It is the peace of God, the grace of His forgiveness and the contentment of knowing He will always take care of me as long as I live within His will for my life.

An example: I stayed in a concrete apartment building in Brandon the night that hurricane Irma ravaged southwestern and central Florida. I watched the storm track on my phone as the center literally passed right over my house. My wife and I knew our house may not be standing as we cautiously approached our street the next morning but we knew that whatever the outcome, we had peace about it because God was guiding us through those circumstances.

The foundation of my life now is summed up with two basic principles:

      1. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (InTouch Ministries Life Principle number 2)
      2. We know that God causes all things to work for the good to those who are called according to His purpose.(Rom 8:28)

With these principles in mind, we can be assured that as long as we stay in God’s word, meditate on it and obey it (Josh 1:8), we will be able to find peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves facing. These are the life principles that allow us to accept the tragedies we see nearly every day and still find peace in our lives, if we stay in God’s path. We should obey God, accept His forgiveness, stay in His word so we know how to communicate with Him and leave everything else up to Him.

The Beatitudes

The Holy Bible is full of stories and wisdom teaching us life lessons. But possibly the most comprehensive and condensed passage is the sermon on the mount. In just 3 chapters, Jesus, God himself, personified, tells us all that we need to live a peaceful and fulfilling life.    

Starting at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5, we are taught many of God’s promises in the Beatitudes (Matt 5: 3-12). We learn the promise of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:3), the promise of the Lord’s comfort (Matt 5:4), the promise of the fulfillment of righteousness (Matt 5:6), mercy (Matt 5:7), and our rewards in heaven (Matt 5:11). All of this, straight from the mouth of God himself.

Why would we not listen and believe these things He has said? He tells us that we “are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). So then, as salt improves the flavor of food, so should we improve the “flavor” of the world.

You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14). As believers we should be shining our lights ahead on the way through the “narrow path” (Matt 7:13) so that others may follow us and we need to lead by example. The narrow path is more difficult because it takes concentration and focus to aim ourselves in the right direction to get through it. The wide path is easy to find and easy to pass through, so many people find their way to it. It is not easy to find and follow the narrow path (Matt 7:14), so we should shine our lights (living by example) so that other can see, learn and follow behind us. As believers, we should be leading the way to the kingdom of heaven and righteousness and peace here on earth.

God’s Love for Us

God loves us and He wants us to love Him as well. But how can you love something and/or someone we have never seen? The Bible, God’s Word, tells us how. If we study “InTouch’s” Life Principle number one, it teaches the following: “Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact for our lives”. God seeks fellowship with us which is why He created us the way He did (Gen 1:26). But to experience God’s best for us, we need to surrender to Him, completely. If you’re holding something back in your life from God, you are not getting His best for yourself. (Eccl 2:24-26), (Song 5:16)

Genesis 1:26 tells us God made man in His own image and then gave man rule over all things on the earth. In return, He wants our service and worship to be fruitful and effective. But often times we resist and move away from God’s will for or lives. Why? All too often it is out of greed and pride. Our world has become a world of instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it now. (Psalm 27:14) Also, pride makes many people feel like they can do better for themselves than God can. Still others believed that God is vengeful and if they give God control, He will do things that will make them miserable.

A friend once argued with me that God is not righteous.  His example depicted a young child suffering and dying from cancer.  I tried to show how this is, in some way, a blessing.  Well, I failed.  Recently a pastor friend taught me this philosophy:  “I have given eulogies for 90-year-olds as well as 4-year-olds.  Consider each life as only a single drop of water in all the oceans of the world, as compared to eternity”.

God does not make bad things happen – they happen mostly as consequences from sin. He will allow some bad things to happen and most often, good will come from it (Rom 8:28), but we need to remember two very important things:

          • God is omnipotent, in control
          • We have something call Free Choice

We can easily step out of God’s will by using this free choice, but there will be consequences.

So the next time you feel like God is punishing you, remember God loves us and has the best for us within His will. Then, ask yourself: Have I stepped out of God’s will for my life and are simply suffering consequences from my own choices? If you contemplate your situation and pray about it, the answer will become clear. (Matt 7:7)

God has given each and every one of us His greatest gift of all time (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:3)