Receiving Is Responsibility
Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Psalms 85:12 - Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its produce.
The most wonderful truth about Christian life is that it is a life of hope. It hopes against hope for God's goodness to flow towards His children. There is not a single moment of hopelessness with God. There is no doubt whatsoever that our Lord will give us what is good for us. Perhaps what He gives might not look very good in the short run for our immature eyes. But He knows what is good for us ultimately and so He gives what is truly good for us in the short as well as long run. He is not interested in giving us something that makes us feel good for the immediate moment, but wants us to have what is excellent for us for our entire future. If we receive what He gives us, its quality and usefulness will mature over a period of time and its credibility will increase day by day in our eyes. The Bible promises us that the Lord will always give us what is best. He is interested in giving His children His best. He has given us eternal heaven which is the best that we could ever imagine. He has given us eternal salvation and made us His children. He has adopted us into His family which bears His name. He has already made us seated in the heavenly places. He gives us satisfaction in all situations and leaves us with a contented life here on earth. He makes us wait for His kingdom to come because the best governance in this universe will be where Jesus is the King and Lord. His gifts to us have eternal value and goodness in it. If we are led by Him in this sojourn, He will help us with good yield for our hard work here on earth as it pleases Him. So there will never be a dull moment in our lives here on earth and in Heaven as we will be enjoying the goodness that is given to us by the Lord all the time. Our responsibility is to make sure that what we get is from Him and not from the moguls of this Universe. We should also be grateful to Him for giving us good things which are for our welfare. We are to also use it all for His glory and honor and for those who do not have any of those things to enjoy. The best is to help others to also become eligible to get good things from Him for which they need to also become His children through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear friend, are you enjoying the good things the Lord is pleased to give you? How much craving you have for the things that He gives? Are you able to distinguish between what the Lord gives and what the world gives? It is His desire that you do not develop any craving for what is offered by the world and that you renew your desire for those things that are guaranteed to come from the Lord and are for your ultimate good. He is also particular that whatever He gives is acknowledged by you with grateful heart and uses it all for His glory. The Lord knows exactly what you need at different times and in the best possible measure. He would not appreciate it if you do not use all of it for your welfare. He is also keen that you share what He gives you with those who do not have. In other words, when the Lord gives you blessings, He is deeply interested in your willingness to share it with those who do not have. He guarantees that when you do business with what the Lord gives you for His glory, He will make it yield good results. He wants you to mind His business so that He can mind your business in this world. But we should realize that He is interested in giving spiritual blessings to us and at the same time meet our mundane needs so that we would be able to give full attention to His matters. The Lord gives you health, education, talents, spiritual gifts, skills of various kinds, wisdom, knowledge about Him and spiritual fruits of various kinds. These are His gifts to you so that you can use it all for Him and for the furtherance of His kingdom. His promise that He will give you what is good will hold at all times. He wants us to have faith to trust Him to give these gifts to us on all the days of our lives so that we can live with Him in His presence all the days of our lives and beyond in eternity.
Psalms 27:13 - I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Thought for Today
Giving us good things is the prerogative of the Lord, but it is for us to give Him an account as to how we are utilizing it for His glory.
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