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Don Stewart :: How Can Someone Find God's Best for Their Life?

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How Can Someone Find God’s Best for Their Life?

God and Us – Question 17

Everyone wants to live the best life possible. This is true for believers as well as unbelievers. For Christians, we want to find God’s best for his life? How do we go about doing this?

For one thing, we find that the Bible tells us that God wants to give us our heart’s desires. The psalmist wrote,

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NIV)

What steps must we take if we wish to find God’s best for our lives? A few observations need to be made.

1. A Person Must Trust Christ as Their Savior

The first thing God expects from us is belief. We are to believe that He exists and that He has revealed Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ. It is only through faith in Jesus that a person can come to God.

Simon Peter made this clear when he explained how he had the power to heal a lame man. He put it this way.

“There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.” (Acts 4:12 NLT)

Salvation is found in Christ alone. We must come to Jesus in faith and trust Him as our Savior. This is something each of us must do on our own.

The psalmist wrote about the need to personally experience God. He said,

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! (Psalm 34:8 NLT)

First and foremost, an individual must personally believe in Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. This is how one begins to discover what is best for their life. Unless this first step is taken, it is impossible to find God’s best.

2. We Then Can Develop a Relationship with God

Once a person has made the step of faith by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior, they then become a child of God. Then the individual begins to develop a personal relationship with the God of the Bible.

To do this, the believer must take time to study God’s Word. Indeed, the believer is instructed to study the truths of God. Paul wrote,

Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NLT)

The Scriptures are the “words of truth.” A careful study of the God’s Word will help the person determine what it is that He expects from him.

The Bible records God’s commands and the promises He makes to those who trust Him. It is how the Lord communicates to us. To experience God’s best we need to know what He expects from us.

3. Eternal Life Is Knowing a Person: Jesus Christ

This brings up an important point. From a study of God’s Word we find that eternal life can be defined as knowing a person, Jesus Christ. In fact, this is how Jesus defined it.

On the night of His betrayal Jesus said the following words to God the Father.

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3 ESV)

Therefore, eternal life consists of a relationship between God and the individual believer. It begins the moment a person trusts Christ. This relationship never ends.

4. Faith Must Be Continually Exercised toward God

The main thing that God is looking for in the believer is faith. He has promised to bless those who trust Him. We read in Proverbs these simple steps to knowing God’s will for our lives.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NRSV)

We trust in Him with all entire heart, we do not rely on our own insights or understanding. In each and every part of our life we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. If we do this, He has promised to direct the way in which we are to go.

To do this we must exercise faith. Indeed, In the Book of Hebrews, we are told that it is absolutely necessary that we come to God in faith.

Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NET)

The believer in Christ continually acknowledges God and thus he or she will receive those good gifts the Lord has promised. Believing in the God of the Bible, then developing a personal relationship with Him based on faith in Jesus Christ, are the steps required for experiencing God’s best for life.

Conclusion: Finding God’s Best Begins by Trusting Jesus Christ

Therefore, for a person to find God’s best for them in this life they must begin by believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Once that happens, one can then discover their identity, purpose, and destiny. This is the key for a truly successful life!

Summary – Question 17
How Can Someone Find God’s Best for Their Life?

Humans are always looking to find ways to succeed in life. Christians want God’s best for their life. In other words, we want success in God’s eyes. The good news is that we humans can discover what it best for their lives. The Bible tells us how this can happen.

For a person to find God’s best for their life they must first believe in Christ as their Savior. This is primary. Without a relationship with Jesus there is no possibility or living a successful life.

Indeed, any success will be temporary and thus ultimately meaningless. First and foremost we need to have our sins forgiven and to be put into a right relationship with God.

The believer should then develop a close, intimate relationship with the God of the Bible. This occurs by studying God’s Word which is God’s communication to the human race.

From God’s Word we learn that eternal life is a relationship between us and the living God through the Person of Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus we begin that relationship. Scripture tells us the wonderful news that this relationship will never end!

It also tells us the necessary steps to develop that relationship so that we can live successfully in God’s eyes. From God’s Word we discover that we are to trust Him with our entire heart rather than trying to determine the future for ourselves. When we acknowledge Him in all of our ways He has promised to direct the way we are to go.

This entire experience is a life of faith. Indeed the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. However, when we reach out to Him in faith and take Him at His Word, we see wonderful things happen, we see the living God working in our lives.

Success in this life can be a reality. We can discover God’s best for us. All we have to do is follow His instructions.

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