No Good Thing

My 2017 Bible Study plan has been focused on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. On years that I read through the Bible from cover to cover, I plan and prepare to move along at a steady pace. But this year, some mornings I read a few chapters, and other mornings, I read a single verse and meditate on it. This morning, while I met with Jesus, this particular passage from the Psalms jumped out at me, and I couldn’t quite move past it.

I am the Lord your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
“But My people would not heed My voice,
And Israel would have none of Me.
So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart,
To walk in their own counsels.
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
~Psalm 81:10-14

I needed to read that this morning. I love that part of verse 10 that says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” WOW! Is that not what God wants to do? A couple chapters later, the Psalmist says, “No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11) How amazing that God wants to bless us. His Word also tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17) But that blessing is preceded by obedience. “No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly”.

Why am I striving? Why am not just abiding in him? These are days where I am trying to figure everything out on my own. In chapter 81, above, verse 11 says “But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me.” Am I heeding God’s voice right now? I know I’m not trying to drown it out, but I’m certainly not listening for it. Notice how verse 11 starts with “but” – indicating that God would have filled his people’s mouths, BUT, they would not heed His voice. They missed out on His blessing due to their disobedience.

That is powerful to me today. I do not want God in heaven to say about me, “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!” (verse 13). I want God to fill my mouth, and to bless me. How often do we miss out on blessings by trying to take control of the situation? If you’re anything like me……. It happens all too often. The Bible is full of stories of people who didn’t trust God’s plan for them, and tried to take care of it themselves. You don’t have to get very far into Genesis before you see Eve fail to trust God’s good plan for her life (paradise in the Garden of Eden!) and try to become wise on her own.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
~Genesis 3:6

Oh, if only Eve had listened to her Father and waited on His good plan for her!

Taking some time out of my day today to stop trying to control and plan everything around me. What an amazing gift to have Scriptures full of the promises of God. No good thing will he withhold from me, if I walk uprightly!

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