Tuesday, February 07, 2006

#32 Great Things Are In Store For You!

#32 Great Things Are In Store For You!
February 7, 2006
"How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you." (Psalm 31: 19a)

(Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture references are from the Holy Bible, New International Version)

God holds the wind, the waters, the snow and the hail in storehouses. But did you know that He has storehouses filled with things just for you? When something is stored, it is laid away or accumulated. It is a large quantity, supply or number of something stocked against a future time. When something is "in store", it is in readiness for use. God has a large quantity and supply laid away, accumulated, and ready to be used FOR YOU! Let's sneak a peek through the keyhole of His storehouse and see just what it is that is being stored for you.

In Psalm 31:19 we are told that God has great goodness stored up for those who fear Him. It can literally be translated, "How abundant are your blessings". Goodness is benevolence, mercy, pity, compassion and long-suffering toward us. God's goodness appears in two things..giving and forgiving. And we see in Psalm 23 that the same goodness and mercy "shall follow us all the days of our lives." God's goodness gives us unmerited favor that we don't deserve and His mercy withholds the punishment that we do deserve.

Proverbs 2:7 says that "He holds victory in store for the upright." Victory is the overcoming of an enemy. It is success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties. Whatever enemy you are facing today can't stand up to you because you have victory in Heaven's storehouse with your name on it. "No weapon formed against you shall prosper. (Isaiah 54: 17)

When Job said, "He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store," he was afraid before God because he didn't know what calamity would come next. But have no fear, because the truth is that God does have plans in store for you. Good plans. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God "knows the plans He has for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Your future is secure in the storehouse of your Heavenly Father.

You are "the righteousness of God in Christ," (1 Corinthians 1:30) and Proverbs 13:22 says that "a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous." Song of Songs 7:13 tells you that "every delicacy (choicest fruit), both new and old, are stored up for you." You have a store of luxurious, rare and pleasing gifts right alongside the wealth of sinners. Isaiah 45:3 says that "there are riches stored in secret places" for you. Riches are not necessarily referring to money just as prosperity doesn't always denote monetary riches. Riches and prosperity are wholeness in all areas of your life. Security, peace, quietness, wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Nothing missing...nothing broken.

Isaiah 33:6 says that God will be "a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge."
All that you need to know, all the wisdom that you need, is stored up for you. And James, chapter one tells you that you just need to ask and God will give you that wisdom generously without finding fault.

God promises to bestow all of these blessings "in the sight of men to those who take refuge in Him." (Psalm 31:19b) "He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies" (Psalm 23: 5) and David said that He "would have lost heart, unless He had believed that he would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (Psalm 27:13 KJV) The things that God has in store for you are not just for Heaven...they are available right here...right now. God said it...that settles it! There certainly are things in store for a coming day of the Lord. A day in store for all the proud and lofty to be humbled (Isaiah 2:12). A crown of righteousness in store for all those who have longed for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). And a day, "in store, reserved for the heavens and the earth unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:7 KJV) If you are having trouble trying to figure out why evil seems to have the victory and why the ungodly seem to be blessed....remember that there is a day in store where justice will prevail. It is in store, waiting for the right time, the appointed time. God said it....that settles it!

Deuteronomy 28:12 says that God has a storehouse of bounty. Bounty is something given generously and liberally. Bounty means rewards, extra allowances and again in the Middle English "bounte"...goodness. All of the goodness of God is in store for you right now....but how do you access it? Take refuge in Him (Psalm 31:19). Live uprightly and righteously (Proverbs 2:7, 13:22). Isaiah 33:6 says that "the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure."

I hope that this glimpse into God's storehouse by His word has encouraged you to have hope in whatever situation you are facing today. God truly has given us all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Perhaps knowing what God has in store for you will encourage you to press on in your difficulty, draw close in your brokenness, and walk through the fire, trusting in your God. It hurts...it's hard....it looks like there is no end or solution. The enemy and other people tell you that there's no way out. But God's word has just spoken the Truth. He has a storehouse full of goodness, victory, plans for your life, wisdom and knowledge and riches. For you. Yes, you! God said it....that settles it!

Donna Schultz

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