Best is Better than Good

1 Samuel 28:2   (KJV)   And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.

Being a keeper of a king’s head isn’t too bad – imagine being a personal bodyguard of a king – that ought to be an honorable position. But, what may be a really good thing may not be the best thing. David has already been chosen by God to be a king; he has already been anointed by the prophet Samuel as God’s personally chosen replacement for King Saul.

A lot of times, we find ourselves in situations when we forget our God-given destiny. The immediate satisfaction becomes a distraction from our great future. We get ourselves in tight predicaments and just not to be in bigger trouble, any good offer becomes a great offer.  We swallow what’s fed us never knowing that it’s poisoning our tomorrow.

Never believe that we will never be afforded with choices without undue pressure. When these opportunities come, let’s choose wisely. Let’s use both our hearts and minds. Never lose sight of what God wants us to become and who God wants us to be. Let’s not our present passions blind us from our future promises. The trend of the culture can pressure us to hurry ourselves. Somehow, we ought to be like everyone else. Let’s not forget: the Lord’s plans for us are almost always different from the ways of the world. They’re always better than the world’s. Good is good, but best is best. Choose well.

Praise You Father; You’re perfect! You’re the best!!! Thank You for always desiring what’s best for us. Please help us to be wise and discerning. Help us that we won’t ever trade our spiritual birthrights to a “bowl of stew.” We may be passionately hungry for something right now, and we may feel it’s very important for us to satisfy our present passion. But may we always remember: Your offers and plans for us are way better than our passions – unless our passion is You, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

The Babel Complex

Genesis 11:4  (KJV)   And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

They were building a high tower – good, but they were building a high tower with a pride as high – not good. Their project wasn’t necessarily ungodly; their purpose was. They accomplished having an often evasive group-wide unity, but everything that may have been beautiful was undone by their ugly motivation.

Proud self-upliftment leads to humbling self-destruction – even humiliating. Many of the beautiful things we may otherwise successfully build may lose their usability or come to ruin just because our focus is serving self. Pride equals insatiability. It doesn’t matter if we successfully rally everyone to work together in complete unity; it will be a very fragile kind. Pride desires to rise above the rest. It will strategize and even manipulate to that end. It will naturally put others down for the sake of its ultimate goal – domination. Let’s build; let’s come together in unity, but let’s not allow all those good things to go to waste; let’s pursue them so we may serve others best.

Exalted Father, thank you for the assurance of Your care. This frees us from feeling the need of personal jockeying for position – often at the harm of others. May we spend our lives in serving You and others – for the exaltation of Your Name and the upliftment of our neighbors.