Stored Up Goodness (Feb 25)

Today’s Scripture Readings:
Psalm 31:19-24 | Leviticus 16:29 – 18:30 | Mark 7:24- 8:10 | Proverbs 10:15-16

Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 31 

How great is your goodness which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19 (TNIV)

God is storing up blessings for you. He is a good, benevolent and generous God who loves you and looks to bless you. There are times when life seems unjust and unfair—times when we wonder if God is ever going to answer our prayers. But be strong and wait in hope. When the time is right he has goodness stored up for those who fear him. And he intends to bestow those blessings in the sight of all when the time is right.

Sometimes we cry out for mercy and we think God has forgotten us. The Psalmist describes such a time: “Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from your sight!’ Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help” (21,22). Even when we think we are alone and abandoned, God is there hearing our cry for mercy. When the time is right, he pours out his goodness and love.

Sometimes following the LORD takes us down some difficult paths. People look at us and wonder why God seems not to have noticed our injustice and pain. One day he will vindicate you for your faithfulness. Those who stay true and trust, will one day experience the “stored up blessings” of God in such a way that all will see and know that God is with you–and has been all the way.

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD” (24). Your faithful waiting will one day be rewarded.

With Joy,

Pastor Jeff

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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