If you are familiar with the scriptures you probably know that our God is a God who forgives. When we sin, there is forgiveness and restoration available to us. Because of his grace, even if we continue to fall, he still loves us and he still desires for us to restore our relationship with him through repentance. But Paul warns that even though we know that “where sin abounds, grace much more abounds”, we shouldn’t use that truth as a license to sin. And Psalms takes it one step further. In chapter 84, verse 11, we’re told that when we are right with the Lord; when our walk is blameless, there is no good thing he will withhold from us. It says:
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
In the story of the prodigal son, the faithful son was upset that his brother, who rejected then returned to his father, was celebrated with a fattened calf, a ring and new clothes. But the father reminded him that everything the father has belongs to the faithful son. In this statement we too are reminded that “no good thing does the father withhold from those whose walk is blameless”. So if you have sinned and disobeyed the Lord, or if you have turned from him, I want to remind you that there is forgiveness through repentance. But if your walk is strong with the Lord; if you are faithful and blameless before him, remember that there is no good thing he will withhold from you.
Often times we focus on how forgiving our God is, as well we should. Because all of us have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, we all need and depend on that forgiveness. You might be in need of that forgiveness today. If you are, I encourage you to humble yourself, ask God to forgive you and repent (or turn away) from your sins. But if your walk is blameless; if you are right before God, then remember this truth from Psalms: “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Being blameless doesn’t mean that we are sinless. Everyone sins. No, being blameless is walking in step with the Spirit in as much as it is possible with us, which is a goal that everyone should pursue.