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Sometimes God interrupts our lives. Sometimes when it seems like everything is going well and sometimes when everything seems to be going poorly. It’s at those moments that we are reminded that God has the very best for us. At those moments we realize that God saves the best for now.
That is exactly what happened when Jesus attended a wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11).
You probably already know this story.
Jesus and his disciples were attending a wedding where the wine ran out before the party did. Jesus’s mother asked that he intervene and he did – turning water into wine. When the servants took a little of the wine to the one who was in charge of the banquet, he was so impressed that he remarked to the bridegroom, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10 – emphasis added)
The passage says “saved the best till now,” not “saved the best for last.”
God’s Best is NOW
God’s best for us is always what he has for us now. But before you write me off, let me explain.
We live in a destination-based or goal-based society. We’re always looking to the future or the past. We’re focused on where we have been or where we want to be rather than enjoying the journey.
We’re always straining and stretching and grasping for what is to come . Or trying to recreate the past. And we have a tendency to view God and his blessings that way. We think that God’s best is yet to come or have already passed.
In a sense, that is true – there is more to come and God has already done great things. But that is God’s best for then, not God’s best for now. God’s best for now is exactly what he has for us now. Not what he did for us before or has for us later. NOW!
- If God reminds us of what he’s done before – that memory is what he has for us now.
- If God reveals to us what he has in store in the future – that revelation is what he has for us now.
- If God tells us to wait – waiting is what is God’s best for us right now.
- If God tells us to move forward – moving forward is God’s best for us right now.
How Can We Know God’s Best?
Well, first, knowing God is knowing God’s best. God’s best for us is ALWAYS himself. That’s the foundation. But sometimes things don’t seem as clear, so here are a few questions we can ask ourselves:
- Am I able to enjoy this with God right now?
- Does this line up with the Bible?
- Does this give me strength to persevere?
- Does this improve my relationship with God?
- Does this weaken my relationship with God?
- Does this give God glory?
- Does this increase my faith?
How About You?
Do you believe God has his very best for you right now?
How do you determine what is God’s best?