This is the day that the LORD has made;Psalm 118:24 ESV
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day the LORD has made. This day. Today.
In my last few blog posts I have written about trusting God even though things do not make sense, how to keep going when things are delayed or not happening as we want them to, and carrying on through disappointment. These are all things I have been wrestling through and wrestling with God.
There have been a lot of “why” questions, and frankly, some anger at God because I don’t understand what’s going on.
I know I am not the only person to go through this, and I know that everyone faces hardships and uncertainties in many ways. These last few months for me though have very much been a ‘dark night of the soul’ in a way I have not experienced before.
But in the last few weeks I have felt a breakthrough.
My circumstances haven’t really changed, but my perspective has.
Instead of focusing on what I am lacking, I have begun to look at what I do have.
And what I do have is every good thing.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;Psalm 84:11 AMP emphasis mine
The LORD bestows grace and favor and honor;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Let me start off by saying that I do not walk uprightly in my own strength or efforts. These last few months have revealed a lot of the ways I walk “down-wrongly” or whatever the opposite of uprightly is. However, the Bible says that my righteousness comes from Jesus (Romans 3:22) and I am clinging to that!
So, if my righteousness comes from Jesus, who is perfectly righteous, then the promise of Psalm 84:11 is true for me: God withholds no good thing from me.
Here’s the revelation I had the other day: if God withholds no good thing from me, then I must have every good thing He has intended for me this day, right now.
Luke 11:11-13 echoes this when it says that what father will give his child a snake if the child asks for a fish? Or a scorpion instead of an egg? How much more will our Heavenly Father, who is good, give us good things if we ask Him?
He even gives us good things we haven’t asked for, as Psalm 127:2 says, “For He gives [blessings] to His beloved even in his sleep.” (AMP).
This revelation did not make my longings disappear or even lessen, but it did cause me to focus on God’s goodness. This began to overshadow the disappointment I felt in the lack I saw.
You see, I began to look for the good God had for me in every day. I began to look for the beautiful moments, the gifts God had for me in each day. I started my day thanking Him for the good He has purposed for me this day and I ended it thanking Him that everything has happened as He has intended. As Psalm 139:16 says, all my days have been written in His book before any of them even took shape. While each day is new for me, it has already happened from God’s perspective and I get to unwrap the day He has crafted for me.
Learning and accepting this did a phenomenal thing in my heart: it helped me to let go.
I began to let go of what I thought I needed to do to bring the longings I had to pass. I began to surrender the day to God and say, “LORD, thank you for this day and thank you for the good you have planned for me in it.”
I began to take the day as it came and enjoy it.
I stopped focussing on what I was lacking and started valuing what I was being given.
Now, it would be great if I could say that as soon as I let go, that which I longed for came to me. It didn’t. (Not yet anyway).
I am still longing for the same things I have been longing for, but I am now longing for them from a place of surrender, trust and hope in the One who withholds no good thing from me.
Along with the above, I also had the following epitome: if He withholds no good thing from me, but if I don’t yet have the things I am longing for, then they may not yet be good for me, or not yet good enough (see the post on Everything Beautiful in Its Time). This is where the trust part comes in and I need to ask God for faith. I join with the father in Mark 9:24 and cry out, “I do believe, Lord; help my little faith!” (TPT)
Oh, help my little faith.
The waiting is not easy, but that does not mean we have to miss out on the good God has prepared for us today. His goodness for us everyday is a promise we can confidently expect, because as it says in Psalm 23:6, Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the LORD. (AMP)
Let us enjoy this day as He unveils the goodness, mercy and unfailing love He has planned for us today.