Conntecting the Dots

Settling for Less Than God's Best

Sometimes I wonder how often we settle for less than God’s best. He might have great and glorious plans for us, but we never see them realized because unbelief steps in:

  • We doubt His ability to provide financially.
  • We doubt His wisdom in asking us to do a specific task.
  • We doubt His strength to perform whatever’s necessary to get the job done.
  • We doubt His sovereignty over every detail.
  • Ultimately, we doubt His love. If that weren’t true, we wouldn’t have an issue with trusting Him implicitly.

The Hebrews doubted and settled for less, too. Psalm 106:24,25 says, “The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord.”

I read those verses and feel sadness for the Hebrews. They chose to wander through the wilderness for 40 years rather than believe God and enter the Promised Land. How sorry is that? And yet, we often mimic their behavior.

  • We settle for less than God’s best in a marriage partner because we doubt His ability to provide a spouse for us.
  • We settle for a job we don’t like because we doubt God’s ability to provide financially if we follow our passion.
  • We settle for a ho-hum faith because we doubt God’s ability to care for us if He asks us to take a divine risk.

Those are just a few examples of how we settle for less than the Promised Land. I’m sure there are many more. Can you think of some?

“God, please give us the faith to believe You and trust Your promises so we can live the abundant life You’ve promised. We want the Promised Land; we don’t want to settle for less than Your best!”

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