Do you have everything you need?
We used to get tickled at our daughter when she was very little. If she wanted something and our answer was no, she would look up very pitifully with her eyes opened wide and say, “But I need it.”
Then one day we realized she had learned that behavior from us. As we discussed purchasing something, the deciding vote was whether we really needed it.
We bought some real extravagances by coming up with pretty far fetched reasons we needed them.
I have had to ask myself recently whether I or anyone else I know is ever truly satisfied. As I have gotten older, what I believe I need has changed. I now believe I need more aging body restoration things than I need big screen TVs, or other material things.
But I still want. I still think I need things. I am not alone. Even those of us who pray usually fill our prayers with a “to do list” for God.
However, David tells us,
“The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.” (GNT)
Peter tells us,
“By His Divine Power The Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of The One Who called us by His Own Honor and Glory.”
2 Peter 1:3
Paul tells us,
“My God will give you everything you need because of His Great Riches in Christ Jesus.
Now may our God and Father be honored forever. Let it be so.”
Notice, all three scriptures tell us God gives us everything we need. So perhaps, instead of asking God to give us things, we should begin by thanking Him for giving us everything we need.
And then we should ask Him to show us where it is and how to use it.
Be confident He will.
Next comes our conscious commitment to choose not to want.
The King James Version says,
“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.”
Thanksgiving points us in the right direction. We can begin a life now of thanks giving to God Who gives us everything we need!