I feel many Christians, myself included, are at times guilty of believing the lie that God does not want the best for us. We persuade ourselves that if we push on to the next level in devotion and self-sacrifice it might not actually be good for us.
And, as I have already said, we have to remember that this is a lie. The lie started with Satan’s temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. He effectively said to Eve that God does not want the best for you, and so if you choose God’s way you will lose out. The actual interaction with Eve goes like this:-
The woman said to the snake, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”’ ‘You will not certainly die,’ the snake said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ (Gen.3:2-5).
But we must remember God’s will is always good and always for the best of His people. The way of God is always the best way because it is the wise way. Wisdom is putting knowledge into practice. It is about the ways and will of God being lived out in the details of life. Given this is the case it is helpful to observe that these words from Proverbs 3:13-18:-
Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honour.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
This statement could legitimately start “Blessed are those who find the will of God”. Hence being in the will of God is good, wholesome and best. It is true and stands powerfully before us that Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Matt. 10:39). And please don’t forget that Philip.