One of the main enemies of getting to where God wants you is settling for good enough.
Often this comes from weariness and you are not sure the extra effort is worth it. Do you feel like the Israelites trying to get to the promised land?
That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Numbers 14:1-4 (NIV)
Does your promised land seem so far off you will die first? I understand, I feel this way often.
I have found something that helps me to keep moving through the desert. I picture myself at the end of my life on my deathbed. I know this sounds morbid but sometimes it helps to think about how I will feel then.
Will I be satisfied with what I am thinking about accepting now? Usually, I know deep down I won’t. So what do I do? I take a rest, get some sleep, maybe even take a vacation. But at the end of it resolve to never settle for less than God’s will for your life.
The problem with accepting good enough is you won’t stay where you are at. You may stop but God keeps moving forward. So you end up stuck just like the Israelites did for 38 years going around the same mountain.
You know you are settling for good enough when you say something like this, “Oh, it’s not really that bad. Maybe I can live with it.” Or this, “Maybe this is what God meant by the victory?” Or, “Maybe I heard wrong.”
Settling for good enough produces a rut. You get attached to the mountain that you are not even supposed to be at. In reality, you aren’t even called to the mountain. You were called to be a conqueror of the promised land not a wanderer in the desert. He didn’t call us to persevere through things but conquer them.
We need to daily ask is this what God told me to do? The Israelites were told to go into their promised land. They said no because they were afraid. So they were in the wilderness for 1 year for every 1 day they went out scouting the land they were supposed to conquer. There was a direct correlation to where they ended up because they had disobeyed God.
The moment I exit His will no matter how small it may be I enter a circle. If you find yourselves in a circular motion, repent, and get back on the path. Take rests when you need to, but good enough is never good enough.