“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
This verse has been one of my favorite verses since I have been walking with the Lord. I constantly declare the Lord’s goodness over my life in the midst of good or bad circumstances. As of late, this verse has carried greater power because I am declaring this revelation over my decisions and questions that I have. It relieves a lot of stress when you give your situations to the favor, honor, and goodness of God.
Recently, The Lord spoke to me saying, “If I withhold no good thing to you, why do you withhold anything from me?” I quickly realized that I did not trust God with my whole life. I was trying to manage my life, which lead to stress and anxiety but I still have permission to give my entire heart to Jesus. In Psalms, it's written, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalms 55:22) It’s healthy to recognize that you have needs and have cares but Jesus is Lord, not my bad day.
It’s a daily decision to choose whether you will or will not walk in the fullness of God’s favor, honor, and goodness. I have to constantly quiet myself and take a moment to recognize the presence of God. Many times I can lose focus of God’s presence when I am busy or feel stressed but I have to realize that God’s presence is upon me and that He has been with me throughout the whole day. Once I am aware of His presence, I feel instant peace because the Prince of peace is with me. I feel freedom because the Spirit of the Lord is here and where He is, there is freedom.
I encourage you today to take a few minutes out of your day to quiet yourself before the Lord, whether it’s in your car or at your desk, and simply recognize that He is closer than your breath. Thank Him for his favor, honor, and goodness. Then give Him your cares, questions, and situations. When you can do that simple exercise, I can guarantee that you will feel refreshed and you will see the raging storms of your life stand still.