April 12 The Good Things in Life

Scripture reading: Psalm 34:1–10

Key verse: Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.

Everyone wants the good things in life. But God’s idea of the good things is much different from most people’s. Where some may pursue material gain or satisfaction in relationships, God knows real contentment comes elsewhere. In His eyes, sometimes even trial, heartache, and suffering are good things in our lives.

The best things in life are the things that fit within the purpose and plan God has for your life. They may include wealth or prestige. But they may also include tribulation that God uses to mold you into the servant He has long envisioned.

“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Ps. 34:10). What does it mean to seek the Lord? Believers already have His Spirit living within us, right? Yes, but Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Seeking the Lord means longing and thirsting for Him, for a daily intimate relationship with Him.

This process is fascinating. In seeking worldly gain, many people find that the more they get, the more they want. The same is true with Jesus Christ. The more you understand your wonderful Savior and Lord, the more you long to know Him better still. The good things in life come when you seek Him and know you shall be filled.

My heart cries out for You, dear Lord. I hunger and thirst for your righteousness. I long for an intimate relationship with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 107). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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