If You Really Want…

20130315-004439.jpgWhat good does the Lord have in store for you?  One of the most assuring things the Scriptures show us is that our good is not opposed to faith.  Take for example Proverbs Chapter 3:

(V1-2) My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.

(V3-4) Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.

(V5-8) Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

(V9-10) Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

(V11-12) My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights. 

Faith does not restrict our good.  We actually find that faith secures it.  In other words…

If you really want long lasting peace in life, remember and keep the Lord’s commands. (Proverbs 3:1-2)

If you really want to find success and favor, never wander far from God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

If you really want soul refreshment, turn away from evil and self-conceit, and make your trust in the Lord. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

If you really want a full store-house, honor the Lord with your wealth and income. (Proverbs 3:9-10)

If you really want to experience God’s fatherly delight in you, do not reprove his discipline and correction. (Proverbs 3:11-12)

God is for you.  God is for his glory.  And it’s good these desires aren’t at odds.  By faith, what good does he have in store for you today?


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