What are you lacking?
I often feel I am lacking something. Too often, I compare what I don’t have to what someone else has.
Many times I have found myself feeling sorry for myself, when the Bible says, “The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalms 84:11)
How is it that we who live in the twenty percent of the world with eighty percent of the wealth can feel we are lacking in material things?
It’s not just about stuff.
I have also compared my gifts or abilities or how much I think I am noticed to the outward displays of others’ talents or ministries. It’s too easy to compare our “real life” with what we perceive as someone else’s life by way of the nice photos they share on social media.
But God tells me that He isn’t withholding anything good from me.
It’s a simple verse, really, but yet so hard to believe.
The straightforwardness of this scripture speaks clearly to my heart.
But I have to be constantly reminded.
Perhaps I don’t understand what constitutes a “good” gift. Am I really so shallow that I can only accept from God what feels comfortable, fits into my perspective, and is something I think I can handle as “good”?
What about those things that stretch me, wake me up, and cause me to grow closer to Him?
The Bible is quite clear.
But what about the part that states, “from those who do what is right”? Is that me? Do I fit into this category of those to whom He withholds no good thing?
I believe that to do “what is right” is not requiring perfection, but an honest attempt to do what’s right based on our relationship with the One who is himself righteous. If we are following Him, even imperfectly, we are “right” in God’s eyes, based on what Jesus did for us on the cross. When we accept his provision for our sins, God counts us as righteous.
So what is it that you’re lacking?
The next time you feel a sense of lack, I challenge you along with me, to stop and consider what God has already told us. He will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
Maybe He just wants to get our attention and have us allow Him to be everything we need.
Maybe He’s just calling us to trust Him.
Perhaps we just need to count our blessings.
Here’s a book (and there’s a video study, too), that may help you cultivate a more grateful, thankful heart. It certainly changed my perspective.
I am endeavoring to record daily those things, both big and small, that deserve my attention and my gratitude.
Do you ever feel that you are lacking? How do you remind yourself to be grateful in all circumstances of life? Have you ever recorded blessings in a gratitude journal?