"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 our own friends’ 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 upon in the belly of a big fish, but by running from God we’ve probably ended up someplace 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 we have studied Jonah. To have this truth 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 that should be also be the goal of every parent.
We are reminded in Psalm 18:30, “God’s way in perfect. All 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, October 27, 2015
by Sam Petitfils