A Lamborghini Aventador, the latest Hollywood or Bollywood celebrity shoes could be wants of the yuppies in Singapore but do not qualify as needs. Non-recognition of the difference between wants and needs have landed a few in jail for breach of trust of government funds or company resources, and high mountains of credit card debt unimaginable to a person of my age.
Some even attend church to be in the network of those whose wants are but a dream to them, they “rub shoulders” with those who have their wants and pray they too will attain those wants in time.
The Word of God states : My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Philippians 4:19.
It does not mean that we must only live with the bare necessities of life as He did promise us an abundant life which begins even while we tread this earth. It is about our total life rather than just financial needs or about the material things of life. It also includes health in body, soul and mind.
To misconstrue that every material want we have must be met and any shortfall attributable to God is a nightmare which is unnecessary. There are conditions too in the meeting of our needs for they are through Jesus Christ (many affluent would attribute their wealth to themselves and their ability) and they are according to His abundant riches… His riches of grace and mercy are for us as He will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.
He will withhold that which is not good for us – that which panders to our ego, make proud and greedy to the chagrin of others, who are not humble enough to acknowledge that it is He in us, that worketh for our good and supplies our need.
If you feel poor, look around and see if you have not appreciated the other good blessings you already have – is it good health (which others pay an arm and a leg in medical costs) ? is it good family (which others would pay in nights of sleeplessness for)? is it good job (which others would die for)? is it a good home (which others would beg for)? is it peace of mind (which passeth all understanding, which comes only from Him who supplies all your needs)?
Now if you do not have any of the above, THINK! You are reading this blog because you have eyes to read. You have ears to hear. You have a mouth and teeth to eat with. You have hands and feet. You have a mind to comprehend what I am blogging about. You have clothes on your back. You have a roof over your head (may be yours or someone else’s shared), you have us on ChristianBlessings to encourage you along. If you are sick and have a carer in addition to God taking care of you – thank Him! If you are breathing you are better than one who has asthma or bronchitis or pneumonia or one who has to be strapped to any oxygen machine. Now begin thanking God and you will notice that you have blessings galore. It is easier to complain than be thankful for, for that is the devil’s way, our fallen nature.
Be thankful today for what you already have, and He will open the windows and pour you out blessings to meet your needs in His good time and purpose . It’s not going to be according to what you want.
The windows of heaven are open
The blessings are falling tonight
There’s joy, joy, joy in my soul
Since Jesus made everything right
I gave Him my old tattered garments
He gave me a robe of pure white
I’m feasting on manna from heaven
And that’s why I’m happy tonight.
The Lord provided manna and quails for the Israelites in the wilderness. He met their needs.
The Lord will meet your needs, not always your wants.