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Friday, July 21, 2017

Learning to Seek God’s Very Best For Me

In review of Psalm 34:8 it says, “O, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

Bottom Line:
Find out for yourself how good the Lord is. Those who find safety with him will be happy.

What this means to me:
I have discovered for myself that the Lord is kind and good to me. He only wants the best for me. I seek him for my protection and refuge. I happily feel safe in Him.

Today’s passage comes from Psalm 34 where David speaks of how God pays attention to those who call on him. I have learned that  can be certain that he will always hear and act on my behalf, because of my love and desire for him.

Psalm 34 shows David and how he praised the Lord at all times. He boasted only in the Lord and not of himself. He wanted to tell all of the Lord's greatness. David tells us that he prayed to the Lord, and he listened and answered him, freeing him from his fears and saving him from all his troubles. So David invites me to taste and see that the Lord is good. He tells me there are great joys for those who take refuge in him. Those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

Furthermore David explains in this Psalm that the eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.

From what I can see, "Taste and see" does not mean, "Check out God's credentials." Instead, it is a warm invitation: "Try this; I know you'll like it." As I took the first step of obedience in following God, I discovered that he is good and kind. As I trust in him daily, we experience more and more how really good he is.

What I’m learning is that I must be willing to accept God’s very best for my life. Sometimes what God knows is best for me differs from the idea of where I want my life to go. Sometimes my life must take me down the road less traveled. I must be willing to give up some things, to make changes in my life, in order to inherit God’s fullness, His blessing, and His favor. Change isn’t always a dirty word. When God sends it your way, don’t resist. Just obey.

God created me to depend on Him. My stubborn flesh would leave me in one direction, but God’s plan takes me on a far better path filled with untold riches and the goodness of the Lord. In the devotional I’m reading today it tells me that, “When I don’t know where to turn, ask God to send me a new dream. For He will not only give me the dream but help me fulfill it.”

I’m also learning that God is looking for people who want His best, a special people holy and separated unto Him. Turn loose of the things of this earth and gain the crown of eternal life. Anything I’m asked to give will be so worth it in the end. Let go and let God take over.

Today's study is helping me with some perspective I'm facing at work with my current Job and another opportunity I'm looking at. What I want is God's very best for me. I want to be open to his leading as He knows what's best for me. I may have to give up certain things I have today (great commute, additional income) to gain the blessings I can get from a change and helping lead others (longer commute, less income, but more meaningful purpose.) I don't want my stubborn flesh to get in way. Therefore I will lean on God and peace in any decision I may be presented with. I will also praise God if no decision needs to be made. Afterall, he provides for me and will put me where He wants me to be. I want to be the person that God is looking for and to accomplish what He wants me to do here on earth. I pray today that God will help me see His leading clearly.