Attaining That Which is Best
Wade E Taylor
We must guard our spirit concerning things that can hinder
the quality of our our spiritual life. If this is not done,
our understanding of spiritual principles will become clouded,
or deteriorate. Then, we will be robbed of His best in our
These negative things, if not dealt with, will begin to
eat away at the impartation that we have received from the
Lord, and the spiritual sensitivity that has developed within
us. Then, we will begin to feel that the Lord is far away.
When we neglect to value and maintain His presence in our
daily life, we will loose our sensitivity to spiritual things.
All former attachments must be brought to the cross, and
left there. Then, we will be free to begin a new life, and
cultivate our relationship to the Lord, and develop our understanding
of spiritual things. We will be able to respond to, and value
His abiding presence and His workings within our lives.
Consider the working of the Lord in David's life, in preparing
him to be King over Israel in Saul's stead. A short time after
he had been anointed by Samuel to be King, David was in the
palace, waiting upon Saul. During this time, he often thought
about the throne, and all that he would be able to do when
it was his.
Then, Saul threw a javelin at David and he had to flee into
the wilderness. He hid in the back of a dark cave, with Saul's
army close behind, with orders to kill him. In the darkness
of the cave, all of his dreams and ideas concerning the throne
lost their significance.
As all of these former things that had meant so much to
him began to die, David submitted his life to the Lord, and
began to look to the Lord Himself. With a new vision and understanding
of eternal values, David began to express his inner being
to the Lord:
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I
seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and
to enquire in His temple" Psalm 27:4.
David had been reduced to "one thing". Now, the
Lord was first in His life. The throne that he now saw in
the darkness of the cave, was the eternal throne of the King
of Kings. The throne of Israel no longer mattered. He had
been prepared by the Lord for the throne of Israel, while
hiding in the back of a cave. Now, the Lord could trust him
in places of pressure. He would not fail the Lord, as Saul
We also are to cultivate this "single eye" towards
the Lord in our spiritual life and walk, that we may be ready
and available to the Lord for His purposes. We do not necessarily
need to know what these purposes are, in order to do this.
In 1959, while at Pinecrest, I was caught up by the Lord
into a visible Glory. In the intensity of this experience,
I received the understanding of a calling to prepare a people
who would intimately know the Lord and who would be able to
abide and function in His manifest presence. The Lord caused
me to know that He desired a people who would truly know Him
and who would be available to Him in the day of His visitation.
After this experience, I began trying to imagine how this
could happen. Then, the Lord spoke to me and said, "Everything
that you figure out is automatically terminated, it will not
be that way. What I am going to do will be different than
anything that you have thought of."
I struggled, and wore myself out trying to understand how
it would happen. Yet, I never thought, or even imagined what
the Lord finally did, in His perfect timing. He brought Pinecrest
into being, to be a school of the Spirit. What He wanted me
to do was to trust Him, and then to prepare myself so I would
be ready when it happened.
Finally, I came to a place of rest. I knew that the Lord
had something for me, even though I did not know what, when,
or how. I often found an empty room, and then spend hours
waiting on Him, holding all this before Him in simple trust,
that His will and purpose might be manifested in my life.
I truly believe that these special times of waiting upon the
Lord had something to do with Pinecrest Bible Training Center
coming into being, and all that happened after it did.
We are to put our faith in Him, knowing that He is concerned
about us. We are to realize that "We are His workmanship
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which GOD HATH BEFORE
ORDAINED that we should walk in them" Eph 2:10. This
verse tells us that the Lord has a before-known plan and purpose
for our lives. We are to recognize this, and then trust Him
to bring it about.
Jesus said "Except you be converted, and become as
little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven"
Matt 18:3. We are to acknowledge our insufficiency to Him,
recognizing that we cannot fulfill His will for our lives
with our own ability. Some of us have much natural ability,
or personality, but many of us do not. We are much better
off if we do not, because then it is easier to trust the Lord.
Paul recognized the necessity of his dependence on the Lord.
He said, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before"
Phil 3:13. He was able to focus his vision in the right place.
While Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, Martha protested
that Mary was not helping her to prepare a meal for Jesus.
Then, Jesus said to Martha, "You are careful and troubled
about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath
chosen that good part" Luke 10:41-42. We are to focus
our lives on the single fact that the Lord has something specific
in mind for us, and it is most important for us to spend time
in His presence in preparation for this.
I am to trust the Lord, and then begin to wait upon Him
for the outworking of the circumstances that will bring His
purpose either into manifestation or operation in my life
pattern. "One thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen
that good part."
We must forget the past, both our successes and our failures,
and then begin to reach forth unto Him. Reaching forth means
that I am going to make an effort. I will wait upon the Lord
in faith, and in expectancy. I will make room for Him to bring
into my life pattern that which He has for me, and then obediently
accept what He does.
We can trust the Lord with our lives. Jesus prayed: "OUR
FATHER which art in heaven". We serve a Father who loves
us, He truly is OUR Father. We can come to Him in trust, and
in expectancy. "Or what man is there of you, whom if
his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask
a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more
shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them
that ask him?" Matt 7:9.
We should have a concept of our Heavenly Father as one who
will give good things to those who come to Him, and ask. This
relates to our daily pattern of life, not just to our spiritual
desires. "That I may apprehend that for which also I
am apprehended". We are to believe that the Lord has
a special purpose for our lives, and then trust Him to bring
"Hast thou not known? hath thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the
earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching
of his understanding" Isa 40:28.
He does not weary. "He giveth power to the faint; and
to them that have no might he increaseth strength" Isa
40:29. No matter how good my intentions may be today, in a
short time, I will become tired, discouraged and worn down.
Then, I will begin to doubt everything that I believe and
am enthused about today.
But, the Word says that He giveth POWER to the faint, to
them that have no might. In our discouragement and weakness,
He increaseth strength. "Even the youths shall faint
and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall."
This is were our problems begin. We get tired and weary, and
say things that ought not to be said.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall
run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint"
Isa 40:31. We are going to get tired. We may even lose our
vision, and say "I do not care." There is a provision
and an answer, "But, ye shall receive power ..."
As we wait on the Lord, there will come a renewing and a
strengthening of our vision and of our faith. Waiting on the
Lord is as the burning bush which burned and was not consumed.
That which burns within us of the fire of God cannot be consumed
out of our lives, but it must be nurtured in order to be sustained.
Our devotional life is not arbitrary, or just a blessing.
It is much more than that. It includes our communion and fellowship
with Him, but also within it is the creation of new life,
vision and strength that is birthed into all that He has for
"That I may apprehend THAT for which ...". I cannot
see what it is, but I believe it. I am going to wait on Him
for it to come forth into my pattern of life.
Do not let the enemy rob you. Come to this singleness of
vision: "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will
I seek after". And then, begin to do it.