Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 7, 2017

Navigating Life Before Good Goes Bad

“Whoever gives thought to the Word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20 (ESV)

Despite the absence of Thanksgiving in July, I wanted a turkey dinner last week.  Unthawed my bird.  Marinated my bird.  Can’t wait to eat my bird – yum!

Exhausted from a busy day, I pulled into my driveway and anticipated the wonderful aroma of turkey.  One step inside and I knew something wasn’t right.  Perhaps it was the garbage bag I had forgotten to take out in the morning.   Couldn’t quite pinpoint it so I proceeded to fix all my sides while my turkey cooled.  Table set, I took one bite before placing the turkey on the platter and it wasn’t delish.  In fact my good turkey had gone bad. Not sure what happened, but there was no way, I was serving this perfectly browned bird to my family.  Looked good but definitely bad.

Ever experienced those moments when life presented you with what looked good, seemed perfect but ended up bad?  Perhaps it was your ideal job that wasn’t great after all.  Maybe it was an opportunity that matched your skills perfectly, but ended up stealing away all your time. Perhaps it was a good choice like exercise that ultimately became an obsession.  Maybe it was the ideal friendship  that ended up leading us down a path of compromises.  Get the picture – not all good is good for us if we allow bad to seep in.

Love laying it all down at His feet and seeking His direction before good becomes bad.  Love the way scripture reminds us that best is always His choice for us.  Love the way He tenderly grabs our attention so we can avoid bad.

Next time we’re tempted, let’s cling to His truth even when good appears to be perfect. Let’s treasure those moments when God says no despite our overwhelming desire for yes.  Let’s promise to hold out and wait rather than pursue what we desire.  Let’s simply trust His plan so we won’t regret our own.

“Father, help us to lean in close and listen for Your guidance despite our perceived good.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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