“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27
I’m human. I’ll be honest, sometimes I deal with jealousy. Sometimes I wonder why “unfair” things happen to others. Why that one person gets all the praise and attention or why they get the extra blessings lavished on them when others did just as much (if not more) work.
We all can be a little selfish – or a lot. We like to pretend we aren’t, but we are. We look out for numero uno first and foremost.
When did you last realize that someone you were jealous of could go farther in their career, hobby, or field of specialization? When did you last have it in your power to deny them information that could possibly bring more attention their way?
God tells us that He is the judge and jury. It is not up to us to withhold good things from others. Even if we feel they don’t deserve them. It is not our job to make sure that someone who is a little or a lot unkind never has anything good happen to them. It is not up to us to withhold good things from coming to someone who may be a little immature, irresponsible, or selfish. It’s just not. That is God’s job. And He has expressly commanded us to not withhold good from those to whom it is due.
Sometimes someone may appear like they don’t deserve something, but we don’t always know the big picture or the whole story. We can’t see inside the heart. If it is in our power to act and do good – we are to DO GOOD! Always.
I’ve found that it feels better to do good for someone who doesn’t deserve it, than it does to withhold that good from them. The more I do good, the better I feel and the more I want to be good and do good to others. Those are the times when God matures my heart and spiritual growth and I walk closer with Him letting Him do the inside job on those “others” while I do the inside job on “me.
We shouldn’t ever withhold good from anyone. Not ever. Not when it’s within our power to be the givers of blessing. Not when it’s within our power to act on God’s behalf.
~ Dionna Sanchez