Settling for what is good at the expense of what is best, or to the neglect of other good, is a grave danger especially for those of us who live amongst great prosperity. It is easy to fix our gaze on the good we have and give in to the lull of contentment—good is good enough.
As Genesis 24 opens, we read how God had blessed Abraham in everything (v. 1). And yet, there was still one thing missing. Good was not good enough for Abraham. Isaac still needed a wife to continue the covenant promises. The rest of this chapter, the rest of Genesis, and the continuation of God’s plan of redemption can be traced back, at least in part, to Abraham’s discontentment. We need to be clear though, Abraham’s discontentment was not because he wanted more; it was not born out of ingratitude or an endless appetite for God’s blessing. It was rooted in God’s covenant promises, and Abraham knew what was necessary to achieve blessings not for him—he was, after all, quite old at this point—but for his son and the whole world.
What good things in your life might be taking your eyes off God’s best?