Our Father in Heaven wants to give us good gifts. Really. Though we are never promised trouble-free lives, I can’t help noticing all the times God promises to do amazingly nice things for those who stay close to Him.
Psalm 91 is just one example. In it, God promises to deliver, protect, send angels, answer prayer, rescue, honor, give long life, and save. When we are stressed or attacked or feeling trapped, we’d like to see Him come to our rescue, right?
In this psalm, there are two things we must do to be able to receive God’s great blessings: First, we need to love Him (v. 14) and second, we are to “dwell” with Him (vv. 1 and 9). In other words, we are to make God an intimate part of lives.
Why is that important? Because we were created to be in an all-encompassing relationship with Him. So when we live as He has designed us to live, hanging on to Him in love and living in sync with Him day-by-day, He promises to take good care of us. Whatever may happen, (and it will!) we will not be alone, we will not be powerless.
When we love and trust Him, He treats us as a Father treats His dearly loved children: responding, protecting, providing, and guiding. He wants to give us good things!
“We love God because He alone promises to fill our soul’s potential.” – Lewis Smedes
Sometimes for me it’s the change in perspective that comes from dwelling or trying to dwell with God. I can see what He put in my life as a good thing, where the old me would see it as a curse or irrelevant or something I somehow deserved.
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So true. Dwelling with God makes it more possible for us to trust Him with the circumstances of our lives even when they do not seem good to us.