Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

That Pesky Omission Problem

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)

Scripture verses like the one at hand today give me more trouble than the “Thou Shalt nots” of the Ten Commandments and other prohibitions in the Bible.   But this verse, even though spoken in the negative, has more to do with what I fail to do than with what I do.  It is those pesky omission Scriptures that often get to the real heart of the matter.

You and I can bask in the sunlight of our own goodness until the brighter light shines on us and shows us that which we fail to do.  It may be that we have not murdered, committed adultery, or been a lying, thieving, coveting kind of sinner.  We may, in fact, be as good as the Rich Young Ruler who was able to say “all of these commandments I have kept from my youth!”  It is the “but one thing you lack” issue that gets to the core.

Is there someone in your life to whom good is due but you have withheld it?  Perhaps it is your parents, your Pastor, your spouse, your employer, or your neighbor.  For each of these, I could cite chapter and verse that instructs you to give honor.  When it is in your power to do it, do it!

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White

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