Those of us that have attended church may have at some point heard this phrase, "God is good, all the time." And those of us familiar with this phrase know the expected response by the congregation is, "and all the time, God is good."
I have recently been doing a bible study and we have been exploring the difficulties of living a life fully submitted to God. As much as we pray that prayer of submission, "Lord use me, Lord I'm yours, my will, my desire, it's all yours..." Most of us have made this declaration. But we all know how difficult it is to fully trust God. Especially when the Lord begins to close doors and dissolve relationships and you begin to hear Him tell you, "NO!" I'm sure all of us prefer Jesus the savior to Jesus the Lord. Let's be honest. Trusting God is hard. Saying not my will is easier said then done. But this scripture ministered to me in a way that helped me view God in a very different light.
Psalm 84:11 (KJV)
For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk up rightly.
I want to focus on the second part of this script. There's so much we can gleam from this scripture but today we'll only focus on "no good thing will He withhold from them..." There are two powerful statements being made in this sentence. Let's look at the first one which is a little more obvious.
There is nothing that is good that God will keep from me. We get excited over this revelation that God wants to shower us with blessings and pour his favor out on us. This is the surface revelation of this scripture which is entirely true and accurate as long as you do your part as described in the script, "walk uprightly."
The second statement isn't so obvious, it's more suggested but just as accurate. If God will not hold back good things from me, then the things that He does hold back are not good for me. Now isn't that an interesting thought?
With this understanding I have come to trust and love God's "No" more than His "Yes." I have learned through experience that God's "no" will lead to regret if I chose to ignore it. I've seen many chose to ignore it and eventually survive what ever it was the Lord felt best that they did not experience. And I've heard some say, "but I made it through." But if God said no, then that wasn't a storm you had to go through.
I tend to think of God's "no's" in this light. My children are young right now and may not understand all the correction I do or the reasons why I say "no" to certain things, but over time with maturity they will understand. This holds true for us as well. As we grow, we will truly understand that God is good ALL the time. Begin to love the Lord's "yes" and His "no's" and you will begin to see that God is truly and unequivocally good all the time, and all the time...