God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. However, in spite of our human imperfections, we can achieve excellence. This may not be true according to worldly standards, but according to the hope we have when we choose to live according to the laws of God, we can live a life of excellence.
We have so many examples in scripture of those who, in spite of doubt, unbelief, and sin, accomplished what God called them to do. David, who is called a man after God’s heart, cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe while he slept, and then repented. According to our standards, David had good reason for assaulting Saul because Saul was out to kill him for no other reason than jealousy. (see I Samuel 24:4-6) However, David chose a way that was more excellent, even though he was not perfect. He was a man who could be reasoned with, and would receive instruction, even from a woman. When Nabal returned evil for the good that David and his men had done for him by refusing to provide food for his men and beasts, David wanted to kill him and his whole household. But instead he repented of his ways, even thanking God for Nabal’s wife, who prevented him from committing this sin. (see I Samuel 25:5-34)
We have many other examples; we have Jonah, who did not want to do the will of God because of his fear and prejudice, Abraham and Sarah, who tried to bring the promise of God to pass themselves, but in the end, God kept His promise through Isaac. When we consider Daniel, who was said to have an excellent spirit, there doesn’t seem to be anything negative written of him. What we see written concerning Daniel is that he sought out God continually. We also see this in the life of David, who had many failures and battles, but also victories. Although we never read of any sin committed by Daniel, he was never called a man after God’s heart. It is possible to live a life of excellence before God when we choose to press steadfastly towards the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. This week, pray that you will live a life of excellence before God!
Beth Marie Evans, Guest Writer
Cook County Chaplain
International Christian Fellowship
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer firstname.lastname@example.org)