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In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Saturday June 12, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional

Experiencing God's Best: A Choice We Make
Jeremiah 29:11-13

None of us wants to miss the blessings God has planned for us. If asked, we would say we want to receive every one of the gifts He desires to give us. However, because of the choices we make, we often give up blessings. Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years because they chose not to enter the Promised Land. Though the Israelites were on the brink of tremendous blessing, the leaders forfeited the outpouring of God's goodness, not only for themselves but for the whole nation. (Numbers 13-14)

The Christian life is one of surrender and obedience, not independence and rebellion. To live such a life means bringing our choices to God and being prepared to accept His answers. Remember, His way is always best because it comes out of the goodness of His character. To choose God's best also requires learning how to listen to Him. Too many times we present our requests and leave before giving God time to answer us.

Part of listening is expecting God to speak from His Spirit to ours. Although not audible, His communication can seem even louder than a voice. It seems obvious that we should remember to do what He says; however, if we do not write it down, most of us will forget. Keeping our focus on the Lord is also important - it takes practice to keep our eyes on His plan when circumstances clamor for our attention.

Having God's best starts with seeking God's way. What do you need to be talking over with Him?

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