He Withholds No Good Thing
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
I complain. When it’s winter, I complain about the snow and icy wind. When it’s summer, I complain about the lack of rain and blistering heat. When the budget doesn’t allow for me to buy a new shirt, I complain about lack of money. When my baby has kept me awake every two hours, I complain about lack of sleep. When I make these complaints, I don’t think much of it—I’m just complaining about the things of life like everyone else does.
One day, looking out at the scorched grass in my yard and listening to the pump sucking up air from our empty well, I realized Who my complaining was truly against: God.
Everything we have—our weather, our home, our food, our income, our children, our very breath—is from the gracious hands of God. He didn’t have to give us anything—we are rebellious sinners who dishonored Him and deserve hell. He would be just in destroying each of us and sentencing us to everlasting suffering. But by His grace, He has seen fit to not only give us salvation, justification through Christ’s sacrifice, and eternal life by His resurrection, but also each minute of time and each thing we own. By His grace, by His love, He withholds no good thing from us. And yet, we don’t deserve any of it.
Each time I am tempted to complain, I am trying to remind myself of God’s goodness towards me, and remind myself who my complaints are really against. And remind myself that this—even this sleepless night, empty wallet, snowy roads, stifling heat—is a good thing from a good God.
Dear God, please help me today to trust You with what You have given me. Help me to be grateful and remember Your grace towards me. Help me to develop a thankful heart. Thank You for each of the gifts You have blessed me with, all of which I do not deserve. Amen.
Make a list of at least twenty things you are thankful for, and pray through this list before your feet hit the floor in the morning and before they swing under the covers each night.