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Missing God's Best

by Ken Barnes  
2/23/2016 / Christian Living

Then Jesus said, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile"
(Mark 6:31a NLT).

Jesus said this to his disciples because they had become so busy that they did not have time to eat. I am really busy is one of the most common retorts today when asked how you are doing. As Christians we be so involved in good things that we miss God's best.

In Exodus 31: 17 the Lord gives a very busy man Moses a pattern to follow. It was the same plan that God used in the work of creation, one day in seven for rest. We often tax our minds and bodies in ways that God never intended. We fill in our weekly schedules with little time for rest, reflection, or spending time with source of strength, God. Someone once said, "if your output exceeds your input, your upkeep will be your downfall." We make the mistake of believing that through good intentions and determination we can maintain our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. God did not try to live like this so why should we? He (God) knows what we need and there is no substitute for one on one with him. I am not saying that our day of rest has to always be filled with Bible reading and prayer, but in activities where at least God can get our attention.

What is the practical point here? Make your schedule around God and not God around your schedule. It's all about priorities. My prayer for
all of us is that we won't come to the end of this earthly journey and realize that we have experienced good and missed God's best.

I worked for seventeen years as a missionary with Youth With A Mission. My missionary work has taken me to Mexico, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Spain, and Ukraine. I hold a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. [email protected]

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