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THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD SHALL NOT WANT ANY GOOD THING

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD LACK NO GOOD THING

COMPILED/EDITED BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10

They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” That is, not one of them. . . . Everyone that seeks the Lord has this promise—the least, as well as the greatest. . . . They that seek the Lord, whether they are chimney-sweeps or princes, whether they are tender children, or seasoned veterans in the Master’s great army—they shall want no good thing.

Well, but” somebody says, “there are some of them that are in want.” They are in want? Yes, that may be, but they are not in want of any good thing. They cannot be. . . . “Well, at any rate, they want what appears to be a good thing.” That is very likely; the text does not say they shall not be. “Well, but they want what they once found to be a good thing; they want health—is not that a good thing? It was a good thing to them when they had it before, yet they want health; does not that go against the text?” No, it does not in any way whatever.

The text means this, that anything which is absolutely good for him, all circumstances being considered, no child of God shall ever want. . . .

That good old Puritan, Mr. Clarkson, . . . [once said], “If it were a good thing for God’s people for sin, Satan, sorrow, and affliction to be abolished, Christ would blot them out within five minutes, and if it were a good thing for the seeker of the Lord to have all the kingdoms of this world put at his feet and for him to be made a prince, Jesus would make him a prince before the sun rose again.” If it were absolutely to him, all things being considered, a good thing, he must have it, for Christ would be sure to keep his word. He has said he shall not want it, and he would not let his child want it, whatever it might be, if it were really, absolutely, and in itself, all things considered, a good thing.

What does it mean “To seek God”?
We should seek His presence, seek His favor, seek His grace, seek His blessings, seek His approval, seek His will, seek His kingdom, seek to know Him etc. If seeking the Lord is our number one priority then we will never lack any good thing.
God is able to supply every need; and if anything is not provided it is not because God could not grant it, but because He sees some good reasons why it should not be granted.

During His sermon on the mount Jesus tells the people “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.

The prodigal son had a choice to serve his father or squander his wealth. He chose for a while to squander his inheritance. Once his money ran out and he was hungry, he came to the conclusion that his father’s servants were not going hungry. He started to value his relationship with his father and seek the favor of his father once again.
Like the prodigal son, many of us depend on our riches and strength. In the busyness of the world we forget to seek our Heavenly father and wasted precious years on seeking worldly pleasures.

Now, taking God’s Word and walking by faith towards it, what a light it sheds on your history and mine! There are many things for which I wish, and which I sincerely think to be good, but I say at once, “If I have not got them, they are not good, for if they were good, good for me, and I am truly seeking God, I should have them. . . .” I think sometimes it would be a good thing for me if I had more talents, but if it were a good thing I should have more, I should have them. You think it were a good thing, if you were to have more money. Well, if he saw it to be good, you would have it.

In summary, there are things we the children of God often see as a good thing because of our limited understanding which our all knowing perfect God sees as not good for us.

How do you know what is a good thing for you? “Oh! I know,” says one. That is just what your child said last Christmas. He was sure it was a good thing for him to have all those sweets: he thought you very hard that you denied them to him, and yet you knew better. You had seen him before so made ill through those very things he now longed for. And your heavenly Father knows, perhaps, that you could not bear to be strong in body; you would never be holy if you had too robust health. He knows you could not endure to be wealthy: you would be proud, vain, perhaps wicked: you do not know how bad you might be if you had this, perhaps. He has put you in the best place for you.

God your Father is dealing with you in perfect wisdom and perfect love, and though your reason may begin to cavil and question, yet, your faith should sit still at his feet, and say “I believe it; I believe it, even though my heart is wrung with sorrow; I am a seeker of God; I do seek his glory, and I shall not want any good thing.”

Ah! well, then,” says one, “I see I really have not understood a great deal that has happened to me: I have been in obscurity, lost my friends, been despised, felt quite broken down; do you mean to tell me that that has been a good thing?” I do. God has blessed it to you. He will enable you to say, “Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy law.” And if you get more grace, you will say it is a good thing, for is it not a good thing for you to be conformed to the likeness of Christ? How can you be if you have no suffering? If you never suffer with him, how can you expect to reign with him? How are you to be made like him in his humiliation, if you never are humbled? Why, methinks every pain that shoots through the frame and thrills the sensitive soul helps us to understand what Christ suffered, and being sanctified, gives us the power to pass through the rent veil, and to be baptized with his baptism, and in our measure to drink of his cup, and, therefore, it becomes a good thing, and our Father gives it us, because his promise is that he will not deny or withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly. . . .

So my dear friend if you’re a true seeker of the Lord most high and things seem not to be falling into the right places for you, know it that it’s neither your sin nor demons are responsible but your heavenly father knows that which is good for you… always.

Keep to that and seek the Lord, and your life shall be, even if it be a poverty-stricken one, such a life that if you could have the infinite intelligence of your heavenly Father, you would ordain it to be precisely as it now is. “They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”

Why, how rich this makes the poor! How content this makes the suffering! How grateful this makes the afflicted! How does it make our present state to glow with an unearthly glory!

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 20:38-42

To simplify, this is frequently interpreted as spiritual values being more important than material business, such as preparation of food. Two different words describe her distress – “worry”, and “distract”

The story of the Good Samaritan gave us an example of the love of our neighbour. In Martha and Mary we have a model of the true love of God. Both sisters loved our Divine Lord, but they showed their love in different ways. Mary was all absorbed, listening to and meditating on His words; and, carried out of herself by her love of Him, she forgot everything else. Martha, on the other hand, was taken up with active work in His service, and could only think of how she might most perfectly minister to His wants. Martha spent herself in her efforts to prepare food for our Lord, while Mary was entirely occupied in being fed by Him… Like Martha we ought to do our best to fulfil the duties of our state of life: but we should not, on this account, neglect to hear and meditate on the divine word. ‘These things you ought to have done, and not leave those undone’ (Matt. 23:23). “Pray and work!”

Seeking the Lord is a constant duty. Seek the Lord by prayer; Seek Him diligently; Seek Him with your whole heart; Seek Him with sincerity of soul but also don’t neglect work.

But in all of these I want to encourage you today by telling you, God has a lot of good in store for you than the world has to offer you because they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing!

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”-David

SHALOM!

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