More Than Good

by Lisa Monique Martin

Have you ever had a tantrum? With God? I have. Mine have this common denominator: I want my way and my way is not happening. For example, I wanted the Lord to give me a husband. Over 30 and tired of being a bridesmaid, I approached the Lord. “Lord! Your word says that You are not a prospector of persons and what You do for one, You will not withhold from another. So…. where’s MY husband?!”

I had an attitude. Praise God. He corrected it. However, I share this experience because it is one many believers have. We all ask God for things that are not evil, bad or against God’s word. Indeed, they are good. This is the problem. We don’t realize our plea for what we want or think we need is not His best.

The lame man healed at the Gate Beautiful by Peter and John fascinates me. The lame man stood by that gate begging his whole life. Though living during Jesus’ time, who passed through the Gate many times, Jesus did not heal him. Being the lame man, I would have screamed, “REALLY Lord?! Jesus just walked by me!”

This is the deal. It wasn’t God’s timing. The healing came when it suited the Lord for His glory. Healing and marriage are good. God authored both. Knowing God is good but good is not always God can be challenging to grasp. It is also difficult to teach if lacking discernment.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10

Being an example of walking wisdom means a life that doesn’t always look ‘good’ according to man’s standards. The platform of greatness rests on the stage of humility. Our herald is to Seek God first; submitting all plans for His approval or correction. And as Christ our hearts will beat, “Not my will but, Thine.”