The Ideal Life You Want Isn’t Enough

I read this yesterday and since it follows along with my “enough” theme for this year, I knew I had to share it with you. I have been repeatedly blessed by Wayne Stiles’ writing and he has given me permission to share this with you. Please click the link below to visit his blog and read the rest of his post! You’ll be blessed too.

The Ideal Life You Want Isn’t Enough

Most people live for dreams. It’s a quest, really.

Clinging to ideals of how life could and “should” be, they chase those dreams like a carrot on a stick. Always within reach, but never gotten.

I guess we’re all wired to pursue the ideal. The world calls it following “your heart,” and we Christians refer to it as “the will of God.”

But in truth, we generally settle for nothing less than our version of how life ought to be.

Any search for the ideal needs only to look at the Garden of Eden to see the futility of that pursuit.

God points us a different direction.

The Original Ideal Life

Adam and Eve lived in paradise—literally. Think about it.

They had:

  • an unspoiled environment
  • the perfect spouse
  • a great occupation
  • plenty of food
  • an easy decision of what to wear each day—nothing!

They lived without a care in the world—with no sin to mar their motives. It was an ideal life in every sense of the word.

But it wasn’t enough.

You can read the rest of Wayne’s great post here. Again, thank you so much, Wayne, for allowing me to share your writing with my readers!


God is Always Enough

Earlier this year, I shared with you that God gave me the word enough for 2013. I blogged about it here and here and will continue to do so whenever I read, write or come across something significant about this simple word.

Today I read this piece in Wayne Stiles’ blog, Connecting the Bible and Its Lands to Life and knew I needed to share it here. The emphasis on the word enough (just like this) is mine.

Never Settle for Second Best with God

Their request seemed like commonsense. But it wasn’t.

“Let this land be given to your servants as a possession,” the people of Reuben and Gad said to Moses, “do not take us across the Jordan” (Numbers 32:5).

Never Settle for Second Best with God Never Settle for Second Best with God

(Photo: Land of Gilead, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The tribes of Reuben and Gad had huge herds, and the land of Gilead and Jazer had lush pastures.

So they settled east of the Jordan River instead of crossing over into what God had promised.

Bad idea.

Their choice shows us why we should never settle for second best with God.

When God’s Best isn’t Good Enough

Rather than wait on the Lord and receive the best of what He had planned for them on the west side of the Jordan River, they settled for what they saw in front of them.

History bears the constant struggle these tribes would endure because they chose this land.

God’s best for us seldom comes immediately. But it’s always worth the wait. (Tweet that.)

How often have we run ahead of the Lord instead of waiting for His best?

  • A lonely believer marries an unbeliever.
  • An eager couple makes a poor financial decision.
  • A family joins a church for its location in spite of its doctrine.

Many people fail to see God work in their lives because they fail to wait on Him to supply.

Let us then look on what we have and give God thanks for it, and know that if we should have more, He would give more. —Richard Greenham

Why We Should Never Settle for Second Best with God

The Scriptures reveal the Lord can provide anything, anywhere, and at any moment:

God’s promise to provide frees us to concern ourselves only with obedience to Him. Never settle for second best with God.

What God wants to give us is always far better than what we want Him to give us. (Tweet that.)

We should never settle for second best because we only see today. God sees the implications for eternity.

The grass will always seem greener east of the Jordan.

But can God also not richly bless within His will?

Question: How have you experienced that waiting for God’s best pays off? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Beloved, have you ever ran ahead of God, thinking that your way was better than His? I have definitely been in that position at various times in my life and have finally learned [I hope!] to wait on God’s timing, trusting that He always knows what is best for me.

I pray you are as blessed by this as I was and I wish you enough.