Hey fam. This post has been a long time coming! It has been sitting in my draft box for over a month now. When this topic was dropped in my heart to write on, I’d scribbled some words but it ended there. For some reasons I never got to pick it up again until now.
A couple of months ago, I was involved in something I felt was good – well it actually was or so I’d thought. It was something I had always desired so when it came I thought to myself – this is it. I jumped at it without even thinking or praying about it. With time I realized that despite the fact it was a good thing, it wasn’t what God wanted for me. The more I clung to it in a bid to convince myself and God – that it was a God thing, the more God gave me every reason to let go of it.
Not every good thing is a God thing.
The fact that something seems good doesn’t mean that is what God wants for you.
In acts 16, Paul and his companions had decided to go preach the word at a certain place but the Spirit of God did not allow them.
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Was it a good thing to go preach the word at that particular place? Definitely yes! But was it what God wanted for them? No.
Despite the fact that it was a good thing for Paul and his companions to go preach the gospel in Asia and Bithynia, it wasn’t what God wanted for them. God had a different plan for them.10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Now here comes the importance of always seeking God in all we do.
That offer at your workplace or that job offer you got may be good but is it what God wants for you?
Your relationship may seem so good, but what if it is not God’s will for you?
As a believer, you may want to involve yourself in so many things out of love for God, which is good. But what if God is calling you at that moment to focus on a particular thing?
The question to always ask is: Is this a good thing or a GOD thing?
If it is a not a GOD thing, it is a distraction! Yes, while that business deal, scholarship, job offer – you name it may be a good thing if it is not what God wants it might get in the way of that which he has set aside for you.
We have to learn to discern. If we are not careful, we can actually allow the good things to distract us from God’s best.
I’ve also learned that the enemy can bring counterfeits your way to distract you from God’s original.
If you happen to be at a point right now where you are considering saying yes to that offer or whatsoever it may be – take a moment, breath deeply and ask God – what are you saying concerning this?. The best yes is yes to what God wants.
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