If You Don’t Have It, Then It Must Not Be Good For You

I think it’s safe to say that we all have a list of things, people, or experiences that we just know would make our lives so much better if we had them.  There are people who we know that have them and they seem so much happier than we are.  Joe Camero down the street has the best yard in the neighborhood and Peggy Perfect’s kids can walk through the grocery store without a leash.  We find ourselves wishing we had what other people have or not having what we do have…  like that those pesky car repairs or that chronic back pain.  We constantly believe the lie that the grass is greener on the other side.  The truth is, when you are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, then the grass is always greener on your side.  I get this from texts like Romans 8:32 where we read, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things.”  Because Jesus died in our place, we lack nothing that is good for us.  We live and breathe in the grace of God and for us he “causes all things to work together for good” (Rom. 8:28).  With this reality, you should conclude that if you don’t have something, then it’s not good for you at this time in our life.  The same is true of the things you have that you wish you didn’t have…  if you have them, then it is not good for you not to have them.   If God sent Jesus to die for us, then there is no good thing that he holds back from us.  But we have to remember to let him define what is good.  If we define what is good and we don’t receive that that “good” thing, then we are tempted to believe that God is denying us good.  When we allow God to be God and let him define what is good, then we can be content with whatever we have or don’t have because we know that it is impossible for God to deny us good if we belong to Jesus.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

One response to “If You Don’t Have It, Then It Must Not Be Good For You

  • emikedunn

    It’s like you’ve been eavesdropping on my conversations the last week!
    I’ve been wrestling with Ps. 84:11 – if the reality is that He does not withhold good from those who walk uprightly, does that then mean that when “good” is withheld from me, it’s indicative that I’m NOT walking uprightly? That seems really inconsistent with the Gospel.
    I’m learning that it IS all a matter of how I’m defining “good”. The context of Psalm 84 – that one day with God is better than one thousand anywhere else – I suppose that means that HE is what is good, not that what He gives good (although, obviously, He gives good things).
    Caedman’s says it well – “Great Father of mercies, Thy GOODNESS I own, and the covenant love of Thy crucified Son.” That covenant love, & the free gift of being clothed in righteousness – THAT is the good not withheld.

    Thanks for affirming where I’ve been wrestling!

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