Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Imagine living under the direct rule of God in a theocratic government. All your quarrels, disputes, and problems would be addressed by God. If you needed food or shelter, God would take care of it. If you were threatened by an enemy nation, you could be assured of protection, for God would fight your battles. What more could you want with such an arrangement?

Such was the government God established for Israel shortly after the nation’s release from Egyptian captivity. God led the fledgling nation through the wilderness and into the Promised Land. But it was not long before the people grew weary of their Commander-in-Chief. They rejected God and desired a human king like the surrounding pagan nations.

God allowed Israel to have a king, but the man selected proved himself a dismal failure as a leader. Don’t ever settle for second best. God may give you what you want, but it’s always better to let Him supply what you need, when you need it most. He knows what is best.

Seeking God’s best may involve relinquishing your desire for a new car. It may be wiser to purchase a used vehicle and donate the extra money to your local church. Or the pursuit of God’s best may lead you to reconsider what traits you desire in a mate. Build a solid relationship with the God Whose will you are pursuing. When He’s ready, He’ll give you the best blessing.

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.