No Good Thing


We were all gathered in a circle on my friend’s living room floor. I was gently opening their sweet gifts for my 23rd birthday. Sigh. I felt so blessed. Here were some of the dearest women in my life, all here to celebrate me. Seriously!?

Pulling out the tissue paper, I pulled out a frame covered in shells. Turning it over to see the photo, tears started to well up in my eyes. It wasn’t a photo; in its place was a verse,

“For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  || Psalm 84:11

“Thank you”, softly flowed off my lips as I hugged the frame close to my heart. This was one of my favorite verses; I had clung to it since my junior year in high school when a mentor pointed it out to me. I couldn’t count how many times I had repeated this truth to my weary, aching heart.

A few weeks ago in our bible study we were talking about how we walk through seasons of wanting to be in a relationship when we’re not—when we’re in the season of singleness when we long to be with someone? I shared this verse with the girls because this was my verse as I walked through my seasons of singleness when it was hard. Yes, we can tell ourselves, “Oh, it’s okay. The right guy will come along someday.” Our friends can tell us that, our parents can tell us that. But for me, that never totally filled me with hope. “But what if that guy doesn’t come along?” I would think. Or, “How long Lord?” When my friends started to date, and get engaged, and then married. When I had just broken up with my first boyfriend. (Who I now am married to!) When I had just been broken up with. How do we walk through those seasons? Those thoughts?

By running to Jesus.

Putting our hope in Jesus.

Beloved, He alone is our hope. He alone is our anchor and our shield. He gives promises, and His promises are sure. He is faithful. This verse declares that not only does God shine on us and shower us with grace, not only does He actually give us honor and favor—He loves us. He wants us. BUT there’s more. There’s a promise:

He withholds nothing good from those who walk uprightly.

If we are His, if we are following Jesus—then Beloved, take heart. He is withholding no good thing from you. Wherever you are right now, that is His best for you. God is full of wisdom and knows what is best for His children. If you are single, then He knows that that is best for you right now. For today. He is fulfilling His very purpose for you today. If you are dating someone than that is His best for you right now—He is fulfilling His purpose for you. If you are married right now, than that is His best for you. Wherever you find yourself today, if you are walking close to Jesus, than God is withholding no good from you beloved.

But I left out the best part. Verse 12,

“O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”

Blessed is the one who trusts in Him.

Beloved, trust Jesus today for where you are. You are in His hands. He is holding you. He cares for you. He is careful with you. Take heart. He is for your good.


How can you apply this verse to your current situation? Are you walking uprightly? How does this verse fill you with hope?



  1. I found myself at the age of 37 after a broken engagement desperate to be married. I married a man that said he was a believer but I saw very little evidence. But as I said I was 37 and desperate. Instead of really praying that God’s will be done, I had already decided that I was going to marry this man. In. stead of trusting God and waiting for his best I was married to someone who didn’t really love me. I felt like I was trapped because I didn’t believe in divorce. But God saw my desperation and my husband ended up leaving me. I learned through this marriage that instead of expecting my husband to take care of me and being disappointed so often, I could always depend on my father. I still believe in marriage if it is God’s will and I am happily single and trusting my father. What I was looking for in my husband I found that I already had in my father.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful blog. I was recently hurt badly and battled to understand why God allowed it to happen, but looking back things would’ve been alot worse if the relationship had gone any further. He truly does know what’s best for us and even though it’s hard at times we just have to trust in His timing and be patient

  3. I have been single since birth…and I’m about to turn 19 in September. I’ve only had a couple guys show interest in me, but it never really led to anything. I always thought there was something wrong with me, that guys don’t want to be with me because I’m overweight or unattractive, and I beat myself up for a long time about that. But I never stopped to consider the idea that God doesn’t want me to be in a relationship for a reason. Those guys that I wanted desperately to like me were not good for me, and I realize now that being in a relationship with them wouldn’t have helped me at all, but would have eventually hurt me. I’m learning to trust in God because His plan is so much greater than I can imagine, and I’m no longer preoccupied with finding a boyfriend. This article helped me understand that, and I thank you! ♥

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