Best For You

Best For You

14 August 2009


5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and none of you has asked me where I am going. 6 Instead, you are very sad. 7 But it is actually best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Counselor won’t come. If I do go away, he will come because I will send him to you.” (John 16:5-7 NLT)

Jesus and his friends had been together pretty much full-time for most of three years. They had left their jobs, businesses, were away from their families much of the time, and had developed an “on the road with Jesus” lifestyle.

This life had its challenges; there were a lot of sick people to deal with, the Jewish leaders were progressively getting more hostile to Jesus and his team, and you never knew where your next meal was coming from!

Of course, the very things that were unsettling about being with Jesus also produced the most exciting moments – healings, multiplication of food, Jesus’ great answers to his critics and enemies.

The fact is, they were in a kind of itinerant, miracle-rich comfort zone. And Jesus’ talk about going away was very unsettling to them.

I can get comfortable with “good” and when I’m confronted with the uncertainty of major change, I can even get comfortable with “not so good.” I want things to stay as they are, familiar, predictable, mostly manageable.

Jesus knows that it is “Best for Me” if he changes things from time to time. The future my Father has planned for me is the future that is “Best for Me.”

Jesus always has what is “Best for Me” in mind.


Father, I trust in your “Best for Me” plan. I value your “Best for Me” plan over my comfort zone, over my personal preferences, over all my plans and hopes and desires. Please be patient with me when I try to hold on to the comfortable and familiar, and don’t give up on me. Please keep leading me gently and firmly along the path that you know is “Best for Me.” I accept your “Best for Me” plan. Amen!

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