Word Study for Today: The Book of Psalm Chapter 84.
Devotion: BEST IN GOD [B.I.G]
Text: Daniel 6:1-5. | Proverbs 4:10-19 | Isaiah 48:17.
To be the Best in anything simply means being the most excellent or suitable. It means something to the highest degree or most fully.
Best is the superlative of good. To be ‘Good’ is quite ok [because at least you are not classified as ‘Bad’], to be Better however is obviously more dignifying than just being good at something. You’ve taken your rating farther than regular.
The challenge to be the ‘Best’ is the ultimate of these classifications. All three however carries weight depending on whose assessment /standard it’s being based. Focus today is on God as the examiner/judge.
When it comes to God, then the standard is at its highest and purest. >“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”[Isaiah 55:8-9 MEV]▪️
God, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein. No man came here to this side of eternity of his or her own accord. In creating us, God wasn’t just trying to populate the earth, He created (manufactured) each one for very specific reason and purpose. He had a need in mind, hence brought man here to come fill that role, [ensuring His plan and purposes are met]. Everyone of us therefore are here on earth [whatever space of the earth He situated you], on His terms. His terms is like the manufacturer’s manual for any gadget.
Most times people buy a phone [extremely smart], yet they never usurp 40% of its function. When the manufacturer peeps into the usage of the phone he created, he is able to ascertain if that phone is being put to its ‘Best’ use or underused. So also God (the manufacturer of man) is the One Who knows what is Best for each individual created.
>Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)==>“This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”▪️
God our God, is the One Who knows what is Best for us, hence He teaches us what is best for us, in order that we turn out to be the best we can be in Him. Many persons are racing through life, attempting all manner of things, doing serious exploits, labouring and striving hard; all of these is so they can ‘Become’ (i.e amount to, attain etc).
Scriptures in >Ecclesiastes 9:11(MSG) ==> “I took another walk around the neighborhood and realized that on this earth as it is— The race is not always to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor satisfaction to the wise, Nor riches to the smart, Nor grace to the learned. Sooner or later bad luck hits us all.”▪️
Simply explained, mere human abilities will not take anyone far. If it initially appears as though things are working out well even in our strength, without taking direction from the One Who knows what’s best for each one, our exploits hit the rocks eventually. Or as it happens in most cases and for most people, things seem to be working out so well in the physical and accolades and awards fly around… Many die being celebrated as successful but the Creator looks and says this [phone/gadget], being- has not lived at his BEST as ordained at creation.
>Romans 9:16a (MEV)==>“…it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy…”▪️
Only in God alone can we ascertain what is Best for us, and He is the One Who teaches us just what is Best. He teaches what is Best by directing us in the right path to go. >Proverbs 4:18(MSG) bible says ==>“The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.▪️
When God is the One leading you, your path can only shine brighter each passing day. No better yesterday because His lead is not a trial and error, it’s not permutations, it’s apt and precise, hence you operate at your BEST (optimum) in Him.
>Proverbs 3:6-7 (MEV)==> 6)“in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.”▪️
Beloved, take heed today to follow the lead of the Creator, be not wise in your eyes. >Proverbs 4:2(MEV)==>For I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.▪️
Forsake not the teaching/leading/direction of the Lord, else you become less of whom you were created and appointed to be.
Be the BEST IN GOD [Live BIG].
**Offer to God quality praise.
**Pray in the Holy Ghost for 15minutes.
**Ask the Lord to teach you BEST PRACTICE as is fit for your life.
**Pray for grace to follow God’s leading at every turn, (pray this with all sincerity for by flesh shall no man prevail when it comes to doing God’s bidding).
- Being the BEST IN GOD requires total submission to His will and His way.
We pray you are blessed by this devotional. We ask that you bless others who might be reading this anywhere in the world; with encouraging comments. Shalom.