How God supplies our needs is amazing, 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. She bought her first car, her car insurance then increased, and she is saving for college expenses. God answered her need. She gets to nanny two families—one with three boys, the other with four. She gets paid $15 an hour and has a lot of fun spending time with them and mentoring them in life management skills. She even gets paid to do her homework while she watches their football practice.
We asked her if she had anything in mind to buy with her riches. She answered, “Dad, I need a …,” then stopped as she saw that reflexive look on my face when I hear anyone say the dreaded, “I need…” And so she restated, “Dad, I would like to get a specially monogrammed license plate so badly.”
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 a doughnut. I need to put my kid down. I need to get away from my spouse. I need a job. I need a break. I need help. I need a touchdown. I need a high. The list of “needs” is truly endless. We’re all needy. In fact, we were born very needy, because we all need a SAVIOR.
Making it simple, every person falls into one of two categories: those who are needy and recognize their real insufficiencies, and those who are needy but are totally unaware of their true inadequacies, thinking their needs are only for the superficial material stuff of this life.
Recognizing the extent of your need for God is a blessing. Even though Satan tries to distract us from recognizing our need for God, in our heart we know we can’t meet all our needs by ourselves or through the trappings of this world. Deep inside, when we are honest with ourselves, we do know the breadth and depth of our need. But recognition is only half the battle. The other half is turning to Him rather than to idolatrous substitutes to fill those deep needs, to give us purpose, value, eternal connection, identity, or to soothe our mind-cluttering and life-threatening wounds and hurts.
Turning to our Lord with daily intentionality will always be a challenge for us; it will always be the toughest part of the battle. Why? For the first 15 to 30 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’s a need or a want. If you are honest, the answer should be clear and most times it’s a want. 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. Whether you are addicted to God to meet your needs or you are addicted to something else, it’s your decision, so choose well.
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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