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Chuck McKnight, AiG–U.S., provides a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about the future of those who trust in Christ.
With length of days I satisfy him, and I cause him to look on My salvation! (Psalm 91:16, YLT)
Today’s big question: what is the reward of the righteous?
We previously established the difference between the wicked and the righteous, and we looked at the reward in store for the wicked. But the righteous have a reward as well. Today we will examine some of the promises given to those who trust in God.
Our ultimate reward is the promise that we will inherit eternal life (Titus 3:4–7). Oddly enough, even those who rail against eternal punishment tend to approve of this idea. Yet the Bible is equally lucid on the truth of both.
But our reward in heaven is only a part of the promise we are given. The righteous have many blessings even while on this earth. Psalm 91, for example, is filled with such assurances.
This is certainly not the only such passage. The Bible is filled with other similar promises for the righteous. A particularly encouraging statement is found in Philippians 4:19, where Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Sadly, such verses are often twisted into a “prosperity gospel,” whereby claims are made that those who have enough faith (and donate enough money) will enjoy good health and financial blessings. But that is not what we are told. Rather, we are promised that our every need will be supplied. This raises the question of exactly what constitutes a need.
We tend to think we need health and happiness. We assume we need food and shelter. We believe we need peace and prosperity. But do we really? Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts, and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God knows what we truly need, and even the hardships we face are given to us for a reason.
So what exactly do we need? We need exactly what we are given. If God has not given it to us, then we do not really need it. If we, as believers, think we are lacking anything, then we do not understand what a need truly is.
This is a tremendously comforting thought. God has placed us precisely where we need to be. No matter how bad we may seem to have it, we actually have exactly what we need. All of our circumstances have been perfectly orchestrated to further God’s ultimate purpose for our lives. This is why we are told in Philippians 4:6 to “be anxious for nothing.” God has everything under control.
God will provide for all the needs of the righteous. We will be given exactly the number of days God has planned for us. Then, when the righteous die, having seen God’s salvation, we will dwell with Him forever.
Today’s big idea: God provides the righteous with exactly what we need.
What to pray: thank God for his perfect provision.