Angela lived her life her way ever since she could remember. Although raised in a Christian home, all she saw were hypocrites—including in the church. Being constantly surrounded by complaining, condemning, and criticizing people, Angela was led to think, “Why do life God’s way if that’s the result?!” Soon doubts about God’s care and power crept in. And re-enforced by evolutionary teaching, she even questioned the existence of God.
But Angela was miserable and didn’t know why. Gratefully, through a series of God-orchestrated events, her eyes were opened to the truth of Jesus Christ and chose to follow Him, no matter what that meant.
Although hard at times, she soon discovered that God’s way was indeed the best!
I’m sure many of you can relate to Angela. Actually that was me.
God has revealed His ways so we can know them, and although He promises to help us follow them, it’s not always easy to comply. We need some motivation as to why it’s worth it. So here are…
5 Reasons Why God’s Way is Best
1. God’s Way is Best because there are astounding rewards both now and in the future for those who live God’s way.
And there are horrific consequences for those who do not.
These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe… so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you…. (Deut 6:1-3)
The Bible is replete with verses on the benefits of following God. Here are just a few:
- Eternal life
- Security in uncertain times (Ps 81:13-14)
- Wisdom to make the right decisions (Pr 3:6)
- Sweet fellowship with God and others
- Deliverance from or sustaining in times of trouble
- Satisfaction (Ps 63:5, Ps 81:16)
- Excitement in life
- Spiritual growth
In other words, the abundant life. If we don’t go God’s way, expect the opposite. (Obviously there are degrees. See my Abundant Life series for more on that.)
When we do things our way we will be discontented; when we do things God’s way we will be blessed and contented. You choose.
2. God’s Way is Best because of His wisdom.
Our Lord sees what’s ahead and knows all the ramifications of any path taken, since God is all knowing and all wise. Unlike us He cannot make a mistake.
“The wisdom of God tells us that God will bring about the best possible results, by the best possible means, for the most possible people, for the longest possible time.”1
3. God’s Way is Best because His motive is pure, good and one of love.
This truth is vital to grasp during times of uncertainty as to what God is, or isn’t, doing.
4. God’s Way is Best because our lives will be the most productive eternally speaking.
God always has eternity in mind. Yes, He cares about our present hardship, but “God will not spare present pain at the expense of future results.”2
The eternal destiny of souls is way more important than current comfort. Think about it. Knowing that your cooperation with God and doing life His way will help people get saved from hell or to grow spiritually is worth it! If you don’t think so, that’s a red flag. I challenge you to examine your walk and your profession of faith if that is what you think.
5. God’s Way is Best because it’s the only way God will get the glory due His name.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev 4:11)
Next time, my friends, we’ll find out how to live God’s way. Until then think deeply about these reasons why God’s way is best so that you’ll be motivated to follow Him and therefore reap great rewards!
1 Chip Ingram, God: As He Longs for You to See Him (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), 128.
2 David Jeremiah
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