DayBreaks for 02/04/13 – His Good Intentions
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NLT) – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.
What does God want for you? Does He want you to be a millionaire? Probably not…certainly not if He knows it would be a blessing you cannot handle. Does He want you to be president, or a pro athlete, or famous? Most likely not.
There are those who seem to think that the God of heaven is a Scrooge, a miser and sadist who enjoys watching people wiggle like worms as they are strung onto a hook. There are many who think that God doesn’t want or enjoy people laughing – that He’d rather have us all be gloomy faced, down-cast and miserable.
Thankfully, those things are not true of God, but we often act as if we think they are. The first eight verses of Proverbs 3 (with many other verses) clearly show that God wants to bless us – that He has good intentions for you! But we’re always skeptical of what God is up to – always questioning Him and His motives and through our questioning, impugning His character. When we spend so much time questioning Him about anything, we aren’t trusting Him or believing that He has good intentions for us. Think I’m exaggerating? Have you ever thought like this: “Things have been going too good for too long – I know God is up to something and something bad will happen soon.” Or, you may think that He’s forgotten you.
What does the verse say: “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.” Will we believe it?
Jesus said that abundant life, not an intolerably miserable life, is what He’s come to give to us. Let’s stop questioning God’s desires for us. He wants good for us – not harm. If He wanted anything other than good for us, He would not be true to His infallible and unchangeable character.
PRAYER: I am so glad that You want to bless us, to only do what is good and right for us! Help me trust more in Who You are in your unchanging, forever-loving character! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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