October 20-21, 2012
It’s amazing how God supplies our needs, especially for our kids. I think if we really paid attention to their lives, and to what God does for them, we could learn a lot. Our middle daughter, Nicole, was looking for a job to support her ever growing teenage lifestyle, to pay for recent increases in her car insurance, and to save for college expenses. God answered. She gets to nanny 2 families, one with 3 boys, the other with 4. She gets paid 15/hour and has a lot of fun with them while mentoring them in life management skills. She even gets paid to do her homework while she watches their football practice.
So we asked her if she had anything in mind to buy with her riches. She answered, “Dad, I need a ….” Then she stopped as she saw that reflexive look on my face when I hear, “I need….” And so she restated, “Dad, I would like to get an iPod touch so baldy.”
I need a ride. I need some love. I need some sleep. I need an answer. I need some money. I need a man. I need a drink. I need that part. I need my Starbucks. I need to scream. I need to take charge. I need to put my spouse/kid down. I need a job. I need help. I need a touchdown. I need a break. We’re all needy … in fact, we were born very needy. Because we all need a … SAVIOR. However, there are two types of people: those who are needy and recognize their real insufficiencies, and those who are needy but are totally unaware of their real inadequacies, and think they need many superficial things.
Recognizing the extent of your need for God is a blessing. Even though Satan tries to distract us from recognizing our need for God, we know we can’t meet all our needs by ourselves or through the trappings of this world. We do know, deep inside, the depth and breadth of our need. But recognition is only half the battle. The other half is turning to Him rather than to idolatrous substitutes to fill our emptiness, to give us purpose or identity, or to soothe our hurts.
Turning to our Lord with daily intentionality will always be a challenge for us. It’s the toughest part of the battle. Why? For the first 10-20 years of our life, we were conditioned to take care of ourselves, to become independent. As adults, we are constantly bombarded and influenced by the heaviness of this fallen world. We choose immediate comfort over real and lasting sustenance. While on this earth you will have to contend with this spiritual-emotional “gravity” pulling you away from Him.
Today, when you face an “I need” moment, stop and ask God to show you whether it is a need or a want. If you are honest, the answer should be clear. Next, exert some self-control over your initial comfort-driven impulse, and try to address the underlying issue. Then look to His instruction manual to find what He has promised and provided for you. Remember, immediate answers aren’t necessary and you really can handle waiting if you will recognize His power and sovereignty. Being addicted to God or something else is your decision, so choose well. If you know someone struggling because they need a drug or alcohol, call our helpline today (844) 543-3242.
Dear Father God, with each passing day, I recognize how desperately I need You. I do want You to be the center of my life … and I am trying to keep You there. But You know, Father, how easily I get distracted … how my thoughts wander away from You. I grope for You, Father; I need Your help … all the time. Help me identify those distractions as idols and teach me to close my ears to their falsely soothing coos. I pray these words in the name of the One who died for all my needs, Jesus Christ; and all God’s people say – AMEN!
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4
So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; Acts 17:27
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. Proverbs 6:23-26