Does God ever deprive his children? - Deprivation - TouchPoints

Does God ever deprive his children?

Proverbs 10:6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

Proverbs 13:21Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the righteous!

Deuteronomy 2:7For the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.”’

The Lord your God has blessed everything you have done and has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you and provided for your every need so that you lacked nothing.

Isaiah 45:3And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.

Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Matthew 6:33and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

Nehemiah 9:21For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell!

Psalm 34:10Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.

Psalm 84:11For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.

John 16:24Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

Acts 2:28You have shown me the way of life, and you will give me wonderful joy in your presence.

Psalm 4:7You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and wine.

Psalm 31:19Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

2 Corinthians 9:10For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

God blesses his children with what he knows we should have, rather than what we think we must have. When we are feeling deprived, we must first ask what we are being deprived of. Rarely does this deprivation come from God, but rather from our own distorted perspective of what we think we need.

Deuteronomy 30:19Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!

Deuteronomy 28:2You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

Matthew 25:29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.

Jeremiah 18:10but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless that nation as I had said I would.

Jeremiah 5:25Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

Ezekiel 12:16, 19But I will spare a few of them from death by war, famine, or disease, so they can confess to their captors about how wicked they have been. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Jeremiah 44:20-25Then Jeremiah said to all of them, men and women alike, who had given him that answer, “Do you think the Lord did not know that you and your ancestors, your kings and officials, and all the people were burning incense to idols in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? It was because the Lord could no longer bear all the disgusting things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing—a desolate ruin without inhabitants—as it is today. All these terrible things happened to you because you have burned incense to idols and sinned against the Lord. You have refused to obey him and have not followed his instructions, his decrees, and his laws.” Then Jeremiah said to them all, including the women, “Listen to this message from the Lord, all you citizens of Judah who live in Egypt. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘You and your wives have said, “We will keep our promises to burn incense and pour out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven,” and you have proved by your actions that you meant it. So go ahead and carry out your promises and vows to her!’

It was because the Lord could no longer bear all the evil things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing—a desolate ruin without a single inhabitant—as it is today. The very reason all these terrible things have happened to you is because you have burned incense to idols and sinned against the Lord, refusing to obey him and follow his instructions, laws, and stipulations.

Jeremiah 6:19Listen, all the earth! I will bring disaster on my people. It is the fruit of their own schemes, because they refuse to listen to me. They have rejected my word.

Jeremiah 9:9-13“Should I not punish them for this?” asks the Lord.

Jeremiah 15:7I will winnow you like grain at the gates of your cities and take away everything you hold dear. I will destroy my own people, because they refuse to turn back to me from all their evil ways.

Jeremiah 25:8-12And now the Lord Almighty says: Because you have not listened to me, I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the other nations near you . . . I will take away your happy singing and laughter.

Jeremiah 26:3Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways. Then I will change my mind about the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.

Haggai 1:8-12Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses. It’s because of you that the heavens withhold the dew and the earth produces no crops. I have called for a drought on your fields and hills—a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your livestock and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.” Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God’s people began to obey the message from the Lord their God. When they heard the words of the prophet Haggai, whom the Lord their God had sent, the people feared the Lord.

You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops.

Haggai 2:17I sent blight and mildew and hail to destroy all the produce of your labor. Yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.

God may deprive us in order to discipline us and bring us to repentance and restored fellowship with him. God’s motive in depriving us is not to express his anger;it is to draw us closer to him. For some of us, the only way we will reach out to God is if we have nothing else in our hands.

Job 1:8-11, 20-22Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.” Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm . . . But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” . . . Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Job 2:10But Job replied . . . “Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

Job 42:1-5, 12-17So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.

God may deprive us to test our faith. Deprivation can prove, strengthen, and deepen our relationship with God. How we respond to deprivation can be a powerful witness to a watching world. Are there ways to avoid deprivation?

Proverbs 3:1-2My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life.

Proverbs 6:26For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with another man’s wife may cost you your very life.

Proverbs 13:18If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored.

Proverbs 20:13If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

Proverbs 21:5Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Jude 1:21Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you.

It sounds simple, but the Bible makes it clear that good planning, hard work, and discipline will almost always provide you with the basic necessities of life. The Bible goes on to say that if you obey God by obeying the truths and principles in his Word, he will provide you with a quality of life you could never have otherwise. This quality of life is not measured by the material things you own , but by the peace of mind and the deep joy with which you can live every day in the presence of  God . Obedience to God ensures that you will never be deprived of your future in heaven, your relationship with God, and your love for others.