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Question:
I have a question about “God’s best.” Why do a lot of Christians believe it means literally “the best”? I’ve seen a lot of relationships, that could have turned to be a good marriage, fall apart because one person misunderstands what the term means. I believe understanding contentment has a lot to do with understanding the term also.

Answer:

“God’s best…” is one of the oft repeated terms that people come to believe is actually in the Bible, like “cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

In light of today’s positive confession, prosperity, “Jesus will improve your life” mentality, it is no wonder that “God’s best” has become an excuse to ignore, excuse or discard that which we very subjectively deem as missing the mark.

First of all, the only real way of knowing what is “God’s best” is to be able to support it with plain Scripture. For example, it would clearly be “God’s best” to have a commitment to life long marriage.

But how does that fit with “God’s best” when you roll over in bed 10 years later and you want to strangle the life out of your spouse and you “feel” unhappy?

It doesn’t.

“God’s best” can only apply to those things we can directly derive from clear Scripture: a lifelong commitment to marriage, honesty, serving others, holiness, etc.

“God’s best” has been redefined in our current culture to mean “personal happiness and material abundance” which in turn has led to many messed up and torn apart lives.

I prefer to say “God’s way”, not “God’s best”. This takes personal ambiguity out of the equation, and regardless of what my deceitful heart thinks is “best”, I can always go to the Bible to find out “God’s way”.

Yes, you are correct that contentment is a VERY large part of being able to determine and be satisfied with “God’s best” for our lives.

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