Do you have everything you need? Can you honestly say you fear God–that you take His authority over your life to heart more than anyone else’s; that you seek Him–look to Him not just for things, but also to know Him better? If you do, you probably have already come to see that He’s never failed to provide everything you really need.
“Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:9-10 NIV)
Human nature is peculiar–we always seem to be dissatisfied with what we have; with the present. I’m no different. In my moderately older age I see that I’ve looked to the future far too often, typically with a mind toward what I will have or will have done. And while it isn’t wrong to plan or even dream about the future, God also tells us that, “…true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT)
And I now realize that God has never failed me; He really has given me everything I need. There is a principle here. First of all, God is real; because He’s not a figment of my imagination, He really does impact my life–He acts on it from outside of me, and affects the outcome for good.
Second, He provides for us–for those who fear Him; who seek Him. How do I know? Because never in my life can I say I was abandoned by Him–never. Always, He has provided! Even if I could have done differently and not gotten myself into whatever mess I was in at the moment, He has always been merciful and didn’t leave me hanging.
Yet there is more to His provision that that which is material, although we seem to get most hung up worrying about that. Because of Him, we lack no good thing, as the psalmist says. If we seek Him; if we truly want to fellowship with Him, He satisfies us–He gives us of Himself, so we can experience Him better, know Him more, and draw closer to Him.
You see, things change–life changes. Twenty years from now your life won’t be what it is today. Circumstances shift; people we know and love go away–some even die. Twenty years ago our oldest child was six years old; our first daughter was one year old; we were homeschooling; my mother and father were both still alive; our youngest daughter wasn’t even born yet! Today, that six-year-old is on his own, navigating his professional and personal life; the one-year-old is about to finish her degree in Japan; I am working outside the home; my mother and father have been gone for years; and I couldn’t imagine my life without that little girl who didn’t even exist back then! Life has changed.
And while some changes are exciting, like getting a new car or going off to college, other changes we really would rather not see. I really do wish my mother and father were still alive today–as healthy and vibrant as they were twenty years ago! For that matter, I wish all my loved ones long gone were still alive and here for me to speak with and ask advice of as I get older and face issues I hadn’t yet faced when they were alive.
It will be the same for you, too. You will probably live somewhere else; you may be married or working in a profession you haven’t even studied yet! And it is also entirely possible some of the people in your life today may not be with you anymore.
Yet the one thing that will never change is God, and His love and care for you. The Bible assures us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (He Rees 13:8) If you cling to Him; if you don’t abandon Him–He will never abandon you!
But remember that the very next verse after this one warns us, “So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace…” (Hebrews 13:9 NLT) Those who cling to God survive; those who abandon Him in favor of whatever else is out there–even if everyone else is doing it too– frequently destroy themselves. Don’t let that be you!
Dear Lord God,
Don’t let us be attracted by strange new ideas; help us seek You our entire lives so that we lack nothing good! Thank You that You are faithful! Amen.