GOD WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU, BUT WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU WANT
How many times have you told yourself, “I know what is best for me?” How many times you have looked at that man or that woman or that job or that house and said, that is what I want? One thing that so many of us overlook is that what we think is best for us is not what God says is best for us. We often think that we know ourselves better than God, but how can we know ourselves better than the creator who created us? For me, I have come to realize that what I want is not always what I get, but I get exactly what I need. Then you may ask, what do you get that you need? I get disciplined, because the scripture tells us in Hebrews 12:5-8 that, “And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. We do not want the discipline, but it is best for us. We do not want to suffer for His namesake; we would rather go through life not having a care in the world, to be worry free. We want to have all the money we want, the house, the car, the job, but that may not be what God is saying is best for you. God lets us know that what is best for us is to be in His perfect will. Oh mind you, sometimes we ask God for something so long, that he allows us to have it, but once we get it, and realize that we do not want it, we go back to God and say, “Lord, why did you give me this thing, and God gently lets us know, because you asked.”
Sometimes, we go through pain, hardship, suffering and illness, and we try to figure out why. You did not ask for it, but you received it. It may not always be the best thing for you, at the time, but God is building a testimony in you. Look at Job, he did not want to suffer the things that happened to him, but he trusted God, and God blessed him abundantly. Look at Joseph the dreamer, he did not want to be thrown into a pit, and then prison, but God knew what was best, an eventually, Joseph ended up in the palace. God is molding us all into His image. God is the potter and we are the clay. The needing process is very painful, you are being twisted and turned and punched on, or in terms of today, lied on, talked about, chastised, put down, cast aside, and you say to God, this can not be what is best for me. This whole time, the needing process is building character, drawing you closer to God. Throughout the whole needing process, you are being stretched to your limit, pulled apart and being put back together, and punched and pulled and twisted, and you are crying to God, “Ouch.” “Please Lord, I can’t take anymore of this, it is not what I asked for, I want to be more like you, but you are hurting me, causing me pain, this is not the best thing for me.” Then the needing stops, and you tell yourself, finally, and you think it is all over, and then you are put into the furnace.
God what did I do to deserve this you are constantly crying out, and what is worse is, God is saying nothing. So you now think that you are going through hell, and God has left you. Your family turns on you, friends have nothing to do with you, people in church look at you like you are a leper, and you wonder, what is going on. You begin to feel isolated from people because your “support system” has left you without any support. Usually when troubles come into anyone’s life, those people that you thought were friends, may walk away. And then, you are still complaining, asking God why you, what is going on, why has all this trouble fallen on me. That furnace that you are in is hot, and you can not stand the heat. But through it all, when the heat gets hotter, you start to call on God more, when your friends leave you, you call on God more, when you have lost everything, you call on God more, when you think that you can’t go on, you remember Nehemiah 8:10, The joy of the Lord is my strength. You remember Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. As you went through, the stronger you became, the more you relied on God, the more you began to take on the characteristics of our Savior. As you continue on, you begin to see the transformation from within and you now understand, it did not feel good going through, it did not seem fair the hardship you endured along the way, but one thing you now realize, you are now who God molded you to be. You went in the fire a lump of clay, but you came out the fire, beautiful and polished. Let’s not always complain when we go through, just thank God that He carries us through.
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