“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The LORD will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.”
Psalm 84:11 (New Living Translation)
This was the verse of the Bible that got me thinking this morning.
The second half of it particularly caught my attention: “The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
‘But there are a lot of good poor people now!’ I thought.
And then I immediately saw what my problem was. I have defined ‘good thing’ by everything material.
My mind automatically produced images of a beautiful seaside home, fast cars, a wardrobe Victoria Beckham would beg me to employ her as my personal maid just so she can drool at, and loads of champagne to celebrate the good life daily.
Looks good doesn’t it? But what about great health, is that not a ‘good thing’?
How about peace? Or joy? Or rest? Are they not all ‘good things’?
Aren’t honor, wisdom, knowledge, dignity of self, and a good name all ‘good things’?
What about the air I breathe, the fact that I sleep, and the assurance of Life? Can these not be qualified as ‘good things’?
“The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
Hmmmnn…I guess my challenge now is to be among ‘those’ who know what is right and do it.
At the end of the day, it’s all still up to me. Yet I ask; why is doing right so difficult most times?
7 years ago