Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton Illinois, 60189. All rights reserved.
Isaiah 48:17-18 "The Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves." (NLT)
When Ester Zeiset's son, from Pennsylvania, was learning to ride a bike, he had to ride in the driveway or on the lawn because there were no sidewalks near their house. The gravel driveway was short and bumpy, and riding on the lawn wasn't much fun either. So Joel eyed the road in front of the house hopefully. His father looked at the same road, but where Joel saw a straight, smooth, wide stretch for his riding pleasure, his father saw fast-moving traffic -- definitely not a safe place for a five-year-old to develop his riding skills. His father didn't enjoy withholding this pleasure from Joel, but where Joel saw fun, his father saw danger.
Sometimes it is hard to understand God's commandments or why God withholds what looks so good and right to us. But our perspective is limited. We can't know or see what God knows and sees. We can only trust that out of great love for us, God looks out for our welfare to accomplish what is best for us in the long run.
Thank you, Father, for looking out for our good. Increase our trust in your loving heart. Amen.