March 23, 2017

God Desires Your Well Being

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 23, 2017

By Tripp Prince

The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant. Psalm 35:27

The Lord delights in your well-being. This is a fundamental and foundational truth. It speaks to the very heart of who God has revealed himself to be in every page of Scripture. And yet, we so often lose sight of this and live with distorted and twisted visions of who God is and what he is like.

If we aren’t clear on who God is, we will greatly struggle to know who we are in Christ. Stated positively, when we know that God is for us and desires our good, we discover the beauty and freedom that comes from being loved as his sons and daughters.

The enemy often speaks lies over us, casting us into doubt, anxiety and darkness. “If God really knew who you were, he would never love you.” “The Lord won’t provide for you or care for you in your time of need.” “God’s anger towards you can never be quenched or satisfied.” These lies pervert the promises of God.

The Lord delights in your well-being. And the Lord not only delights in your well-being, but the Lord goes to unimaginable lengths to secure your well being. This is the heart of the Christian faith: God desires to restore humanity and creation to new life so deeply that he gives his own life that we might have life. John 3:16 is one of the most famous passages in all of scripture, but the verse that follows is just as significant! “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).

If you are ever tempted to doubt God’s goodness, to doubt his love for you and desire for your good, look afresh to the love shown in Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to speak condemnation over you, nor did he come to simply point out your faults or shortcomings. He came to save you and give you his life. And therefore any time he asks you or me to repent, or turn away from a desire or sinful action, it isn’t because he is mad or lashing out at us. It is because he desires our good- thanks be to God!

 

Prayer

Father, thank you that you love us and show us the depth of your love in the self-giving love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Application

Are there lies about God’s character that you have believed and affect your ability to live freely as a beloved daughter or son?

Related Reading

Psalm 23:6; Psalm 31:19; Titus 3:4-5

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Comments

  1. Laura Nye says:

    Have a REALLY tough time with this right now. Seven years ago my husband lost his job because of something he did. Three & a half years ago I lost my job mainly because my new
    boss didn’t like me. My sister has been fighting cancer for 12 years, my father-in-law and father passed away and now my husband lost another job! We got a nice tax refund we were planning to use to take a trip for our 25th anniversary this year, but now that money will have to
    go for paying bills. I am just really upset and finding it very hard to find any good in all of this!El

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Laura,
      Thank you for reaching out to us after reading Tripp’s devotional, “God Desires Your Well Being”. We appreciate your honest and sincere comments about the hardships you and your family have been (and still are) going through. Understandably, you are wondering, “So where is He in all of this”? Rest assured, I doubt you are the first one to have this question!
      First of all, let me say, on behalf of the Wisdom Hunter’s team, we are sorry about the loss of your father and father-in-law. That must have been so hard. And I hope that your sister is doing better in her fight with cancer.
      It is easy to lose sight of God’s Love for us when our world is spinning so fast with tests and trails. Not to mention the fact that the enemy pounces on us with his lies when we are at our weakest. Tripp’s statement in this devotional, “The enemy often speaks lies over us, casting us into doubt, anxiety and darkness” really speaks to the evil one’s desire for us to question our Heavenly Father’s Love for us.
      But, Laura, please know OUR GOD walks right besides you through each day.
      “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you Nor forsake you.”
      Deuteronomy 31:6
      Laura, it was true in the time of our “ancients” and it is true today!!
      Personally speaking, when I start to weaken, feel those doubts and start to listen to the “lies”, I reach out to the WORD, reading His promises.. It is the true “prescription” for that evil “doubt flu”!! Cling to His Word and then pray, pray, pray!
      Laura, 1 Peter 1:6-7 and James 1:2-4 are just two examples of the gift of strength HE has for us during these times of trials.
      And remember, too, He wants us to surrender this doubt and hurt to Him. Give it to Him and Thank Him for carrying you through all of this.
      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
      We are so thankful for you, Laura, and we hope to hear from you again. If you would, please let me know how you are doing from time to time. I would like to keep in touch and follow up with you. (My email address is gwynne@wisdomhunters.com)
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
      Even the youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
      but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”
      Isaiah 40:29-31


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