God withholds no good thing from us.
If we believe the Bible is true – and I do. That the ideas in the Bible are true – and I believe they are — then I have to think that maybe I don’t have a full understanding of what makes something a good thing.
There have been times my pleading prayers have cried out for healing – of bodies, of relationships, of emotions. Healing – that seems to be a good thing. Times I’ve desperately asked for guidance, answers, direction. All good things.
Yet heaven’s silence swallowed my prayers.
Goodness withheld. Or so it seemed.
Perhaps I don’t understand goodness. Or perhaps my finite concept of time and space functions as a blinder of sorts, preventing me from comprehending the full scope of goodness.
Maybe it isn’t the things – tangible or intangible – that are good. Maybe the Good Thing is God Himself. As the verse says — God’s grace, God’s glory.
In the midst of sickness and pain and confusion and brokenness, God is with us — giving us His grace and glory. Never leaving. Promising no condemnation. Offering mercy and love. Weeping alongside us. Never forsaking. Maybe God’s very presence is the good thing He will not withhold.
And maybe we are invited to be a part of this Good Thing God isn’t withholding from us. Maybe, as members of Christ’s Body, we become God’s presence to each other. When we offer mercy and love, when we show up with grace, when we refuse to condemn each other, we are a good thing to each other — earthly glimpses of God’s grace and glory.