Do you ever settle for less?
Is your schedule too full of urgent things that you miss out on the important things?
Have you given up on thinking you’ll get the good stuff, and are settling for inferior substitutes instead?
Have you ever wondered why everything in your fallen world naturally goes from good to bad?
Why things don’t get better without your effort?
In Mathews 7:7 the bible says that we have to seek to find, knock to get the door opened, and ask before we receive. For us to receive the best we must raise our sights and aim higher. Most of us are shooting at nothing and hitting it every time, we are willing to settle for less.
A lot of us have been influenced more by the world and dragged down to accept far less than what God has provided. We haven’t realized that so long as we are contended to live with less, then definitely we will.
In Jeremiah 29:11 the bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
You have to deliberately have some dissatisfaction with mediocrity before you can experience all that God has for you. It doesn’t happen accidentally, you have to pursue it or you won’t get it.
The story of Exodus of the Israelites shows a good example of a number of then who gave up and settled for less and it kept them out of the Promised Land. Numbers 14:2-4 says, “All the Israelites grumbled against Moses . . . ‘If only we had died in Egypt! . . . We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt”. They gave up on their dream. They had been rescued after 400 years of slavery but then wanted to go back because they were being delayed.
A lot of us me included are victims of saying how we prayed and believed God on something(s) but that nothing happened. In Galatians 6:9 we are told “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.
We will never receive God’s best until we become completely dissatisfied with second best—mediocrity. You don’t settle for less than God’s best for your life. If that means going through a tunnel of conflict, take the tunnel. In the middle of the tunnel, it will be dark, and you will want to run back to the light. But you’ve got to keep going until you come out on the other side into the light.
In Genesis 17:1-2 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
If we have to have the best from God we have to have a new/fresh encounter with God.
Thirteen years earlier Abram committed a mistake and Ishmael was born. God was silent on the other end. The presence of Ishmael, Hagar, and Sarai produced unhappiness, bitterness, strife, and envy in the house. God used these 13 years to teach Abram the consequences of living by flesh and being impatient. It was a tough time for Abram, God never spoke. There was constant fight in the house.
It could be that you have had similar experiences in life. A time when you took your own decisions which failed. A time when God allowed you to take your own way and the results have been painful and failure. One of the most frightening things in life is that you insist in having your own way and God may let you have it. Remember you will have to bear the consequences of your decisions, many of you are struggling because of the wrong decisions that you made.
In Luke 18:1 we are told that we “must always pray and never lose heart”.
In the law of the harvest, there is always a delay between sowing and reaping. You plant in one season, and you reap in another. God wants to see if you’re going to keep cultivating, planting, and sowing. If he sees consistency in your life, then the harvest will come. It will not come immediately, because it proves nothing if he does it immediately — no character development or stretching your faith.
Unless we are willing to stand and fight the fight of faith. If we don’t stir ourselves up, we will definitely settle to the bottom. The world isn’t going to encourage us toward God’s best, and most people aren’t either.
Judas was in the perfect place- one of Jesus’ chosen disciples. He got to spend quality time with Jesus every day. But He was willing to trade it all in for thirty piece of silver.
I hope after reading this you will be challenged to move to a new level of your vision and faith. Do not compromise and settle for the least. Do not think the best is behind you, it is yet to come.