"The word of the Lord came to Jonah..."Go to the great City of Nineveh"...But Jonah ran away from the Lord." Jonah 1:1-3
God knows what's best for me. He really does. That's easy to say, isn't it? God knows best. The Bible says so. We see example after example of this in Bible stories of old and in our own friend's lives. However, when we're in the middle of a trial, when we have hard choices to make rather than the easy one, that's when it's hard to see. Even then, God knows what's best.
God knows what's best for me even when I don't like what He's shown me is best. Have you ever been prayerfully considering your options and realized that the option that God thinks is best is the one that's going to be the hardest for you? During these times, I think like Jonah. He really didn't want to go to Nineveh. He ran in the opposite direction and guess where he ended up???? Nineveh! But, of course, he took the most difficult route possible. He ended up in the belly of the big fish. You and I may not have ended up in the belly of a big fish, but by running from God, we've probably ended up some place worse, probably more uncomfortable. Why couldn't I remember at the moment of "running" that God knows what's best for me?
This is so important for preschoolers to learn. In Noah's Neighborhood this month, we are studying Jonah. To have this truth for preschoolers to have in their hearts is very important, as they will someday need to make tough choices, develop friendships that will shape them, and walk difficult life paths. Wouldn't it be amazing if in their heart of hearts, they truly believed that God knows what's best for them? That is our goal as teachers and should also be the goal of every parent.
We are reminded in Psalm 18:30 that "God's way is perfect. All of the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection." Can we begin to trust God and listen to Him through those around us and by watching His work? When we begin to do this, we are teaching the little ones that are around us that God knows best. What an awesome thought! I am reminded in Deuteronomy 4:9, "But watch out. Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren."
That is my prayer for you and your children. Never forget that God knows best!
Posted on Tue, September 17, 2013
by Sam Petitfils