July 15, 2022

Taylor Christensen
“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. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
Psalms 84:11-12

Is God holding out on me? It’s a question that I not only wrestle with daily, but the question dates back to the garden with the very first two people to walk the earth. Adam and Eve were presented with an alternative to God’s plan that promised more wisdom and a better future, but that proposal came with grave consequences.

God’s way is best, and I love how the writer of this psalm describes God as a sun and a shield, bestowing favor and honor on us. Contrary to what the enemy wants us to think, God is not holding out on us, just as this psalm says. Amidst my wrestling, I’ve found it helpful to stop and thank God. Thanking Him for both the big things and the little things.

Even beyond myself, I’ve found in group settings the exercise of listing God’s faithfulness quickly turns into an impromptu worship session…not with music or songs, but sharing the goodness of God throughout various circumstances in our lives. How has God been faithful this week? This month?

Lord, thank You for Your goodness, that Your love never fails, and that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You that Your unconditional love never fails even when I put my trust in other things, thinking You’re holding out on me. Forgive me, Lord, and help me pursue Your perfect will for me today.