No matter how good we have it, we always want it better.
My dad and I were just in Nairobi, Kenya. We walked through many parts of Mathare, the oldest slum in Nairobi. Conditions there are almost beyond description. It goes without saying that many people there would rather be somewhere else.
The British Air flight for one of the legs on the way back was over booked. They bumped us up to “Club World” (business class). The service by the crew was amazing. The food was wonderful, not for airline food, but for food. The seats folded almost completely flat and a footrest came up to support your feet. I have had many worse nights of sleep in a comfortable bed. But when it was all over, there were still things my dad and I could think of to improve, and we had just been in Mathare.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
How much do you trust God? What are you willing to risk by giving it up to Him? How much of your comfort, convenience, or ease are you willing to part with?
We often say we trust God, but do we really? Every decision you make is either one of trust or not. Every time you try to improve yourself, if it is not because He instructed you, it is outside His will, you are not trusting with your whole heart.
It is so easy to make excuses to “lean on your own understanding.” “Surely God does not want me to live like this,” you say. Have you actually asked Him? Do you think He would be unable to care for you in such a situation? It is not about what you want. You have no rights.
Yes, God wants the best for us. But we do not measure best, He does. Do you really trust His best?