ON THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK: GOOD THINGS
KEY VERSE: “THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING” (PSALM 34:10).
Our lives are full of experiences, good and sometimes bad. But it’s important to remember that God is always good, even when we seem to be going through a bad time. Psalm 34:10 says: ‘Those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.’ This can be a confusing verse. If we take it at face value and out of context, we can be tempted to think that it means we’ll never face times where we’re waiting, or going without. And when things happen like losing our job, a relationship breaking down, or ending up in debt, we can think that perhaps we didn’t trust God enough - that we weren’t good enough to receive those ‘good things’. But that’s not true.
Times of lack, disaster, and suffering may happen - we were never promised just an easy life only; and there’s lots of verses in the Bible about waiting on God. So how else can we interpret this verse? Our idea of what would be good in our lives is probably very different from what God knows is good for us. In Isaiah 55, God reminds us that ‘My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (v9). We might think a certain job, person, or bank balance would be good for us, but God has bigger and better plans for us.
Secondly, we need to remember that the only truly good thing is God. When we trust in Him, and commit to growing closer to Him, He promises that we’ll find Him, and that we won’t be spiritually hungry or thirsty. God says: ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ (see Jeremiah 29:13). When we’re fully committed to God, we’ll ‘lack no good thing’ because we’ll be connected to our good God. As we go on in this year 2021, God will cause us to lack no good thing in Jesus Name, Amen.
Have a blessed week.
(Extracts from ucb, word for today)
Did you know: There are almost 20 different passages in the Bible where it is mentioned that we are God's people.
Ref: Jeremiah 32:38 / Ezekiel 14:11 / Zechariah 8:8 / 2 Corinthians 6:16 / Hebrews 8:10 / Ezekiel 11:20 / Ezekiel 37:23 / Jeremiah 7:23 / Jeremiah 31:33 / Ezekiel 37:27 / Jeremiah 31:1 / Revelation 21:3 / Exodus 6:7 / Leviticus 26:12 / Jeremiah 11:4 / Jeremiah 30:22 / Ezekiel 36:28.