Tag: Best

The Good or The Best?

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left. —Genesis 13:9

As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you. These things are yours by right, but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you. God sometimes allows you to get into a place of testing where your own welfare would be the appropriate thing to consider, if you were not living the life of faith. But if you are, you will joyfully waive your right and allow God to make your choice for you. This is the discipline God uses to transform the natural into the spiritual through obedience to His voice.

Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight. The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best. In this passage, it would seem that the wisest thing in the world for Abram to do would be to choose. It was his right, and the people around him would consider him to be a fool for not choosing.

Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us. We have to learn to walk according to the standard which has its eyes focused on God. And God says to us, as He did to Abram, “…walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1).

by Oswald Chambers

You have saved the best until now!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ” 1890

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first . . . But you have saved the best until now!” John 2:10

The world gives its best first–and the worst comes afterwards! It is so in all sinful pleasures: first exhilaration–and then bitter remorse. It is so in the chase for wealth, power, and fame: gratification first–and then painful disappointment. At first money brings gladness–a sort of satisfaction. But as time rolls on and wealth increases–cares multiply, anxieties thicken, burdens grow heavier, and at last–the rich man finds that in all his riches, he has less satisfaction than he had in the days when he was just a poor boy!

It is so in all mere worldly ambitions: the first cups of fame are sweet–but soon they pall upon the taste. This truth holds especially in the sinful life: we need not deny that at the beginning, sin is sweet–but bitterness is found at the bottom of the cup!

In grace, however, this is reversed–the good wine is kept to the last! Christ Himself first had humiliation, darkness, and the shame of the cross–and then exaltation, power, glory!

In the Christian life, the same law holds: First there comes bitterness–but out of the bitterness, sweetness flows. There is first the deep sorrow of penitence–but this gives way to the blessed joy of forgiveness. First comes self-denial and cross-bearing–but out of these experiences comes a holy peace which fills all the heart. Sorrows are to be endured–but the good wine of comfort is poured into the emptied cup.

There is also a constant progression in the blessings of the divine life. We never get to the end of them! Indeed, we never get to the best! There is always something better yet to come. Christ keeps the really best wine until the very last–in Heaven! As sweet as Christ’s peace now is to the Christian–he will never know the fullness of the love of God, until he gets home to the Father’s house!

by J.R. Miller