The invitation was great. And my desire to participate and belong was even greater.
But I had to say no. I just had to.
Especially just after a fresh slate and new start with the new year.
You know, sometimes good can interfere with God’s best.
Yes, it would have been a wonderful Bible study to take part in. Yes, I would have found camaraderie with others. Yes, God would have taught me something good. All good comes from reading the Bible, right?
But I’m already thirteen out of thirty weeks in a thorough Bible study through Bible Study Fellowship, and we’re uncovering truths I’ve never stumbled upon before in Revelation. Goodness, it’s life-altering. It’s challenging. It’s incredible.
I serve in this Bible study, and two mornings a week I receive training, and teaching, and all the camaraderie a girl could ever dream of.
Yes, it’s the perfect place for me, and I know this is where God wants me.
Sometimes even though we’re invited to do something good, it’s not the best for us.
Yes, sometimes good can interfere with God’s best.
It’s then we realize we can settle in deep with where God has us, and be content right where we are.
Sure, there wasn’t anything wrong with me participating in another Bible study. But there would be something wrong if I took on too much, and stretched myself to thin, to end up being too distracted and too busy to be any good to anyone.
Not that I’ve never done that before, mind you. Because I have. And I care to never live like that again.
So, my “no” to that Bible study ended up being a “yes” to God. To His perfect plans for my life. To obeying His leading. To believing His best for me. (Hey! There’s believe again… my word for 2016.)
As you and as I begin to journey our way on this path of 2016, we will be invited and asked. We will be persuaded and summoned. We might even be made to feel guilty and pressured. We’ll be encouraged to do more, and we’ll most likely be tempted to do so. May you and I be so fixed on God and His plans for our individual lives, that we will only do what He’s leading us to do.
And the only way we’ll be able to that is by keeping close to Him.
Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. Proverbs 16:3 AMP
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