Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Verse for Today: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Psalms 34:10 - The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

The hungry young lions are a good example of the futility of natural abilities and strength in times of dire need. They have might and ferocity, but often they can't find prey at the right time. But when God's children have needs, their Lord is the one they seek. When they seek Him, He makes Himself available to them with all His resources. He knows what they need and would give them what is good, profitable and divine to meet their needs. He teaches them that it is important for them to seek Him, and not what He can do for them. This is because their fulfillment in life is not merely with some things, but with the Lord. He is the only one who can meet the innermost desires of His people and fill the vacuums in their hearts and lives. They can put all their confidence on Him because He knows what is good for them and will give only that which will profit their soul and spirit. He knows the measure in which they can absorb these good things and gives accordingly. He guarantees that He will not give them any thing that is not ultimately for their good. These good things might not be always thought of as good in the short run, but will work together for their good in the long run. He has His own mysterious ways to meet their needs with good things. He performs miracles of time, space and substance to meet the needs in unexplainable ways. Sometimes, He sends special people their way to meet special needs. He influences the climate and the environment for His children to meet some of their needs. He stops wind, storm and waves, and sometimes send wind and rain to give them what they need. He knows where we should cast our nets so that the fish that He has appointed will enter our nets.

Dear reader, perhaps you are waiting for good things from the Lord to flow to you and are probably a bit frustrated at what you are getting or not getting. Perhaps you are finding a different answer to your prayers and you might be receiving what you have not asked for. But that is still from the Lord and He wants you to have it because it is for your good. You might think that it is not good, but He knows what is good for you and what is not so good. It might find itself to be bitter in your mouth to start with, but will be sweet to your inner parts and be very nourishing in the due course. So the Lord expects you to willingly and gladly accept whatever He gives in His perfect will because it is ultimately for your good. He will give you the spiritual discernment to understand the goodness in what He sends your way. Your duty is to ask, seek and knock at His door, but to leave the answer with its timing to Him to decide. You also need to have the willingness to accept whatever He sends your way. You should not be tempted to accept what He gives you with a grumbling spirit, but it should be accepted with a joyful heart, praising Him for the good gift and for His benevolence. It is His loving kindness and compassion that cause Him to give you good things at good time in good measure. Even if there is no answer for your prayers from Him for some time, that itself would be good because He knows that if He answers you the way you want, it might be detrimental to your spiritual welfare and growth. So, dear friend, expect good things and good experiences from the Lord today and endeavor to be grateful to Him for whatever He gives.

Psalms 119:68 - You are good and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

Thought for Today
The goodness of the Lord will bring forth only good things in good measure to His children which are ultimately for their good.

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