Iíve had one as long as I can remember. Usually more than one. Wants.
I want a new car. One with less miles and a lower monthly payment. Iíd like my own home. A place I paid for that no one could take from me. In the mountains where I could walk outside and see Godís beauty rolling across the mountaintops. Iíd also like perfect kids, a decent paying job, good health, a nice investment portfolio, a retirement nest egg and one each of the latest tech devices.
Looking over the list, I realize Iím still in want. But the psalmist says if God is my shepherd, I wonít want. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1 KJV).
Modern Bible versions more clearly translate the Hebrew word chacer, which means to lack or be lacking. The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need (NLT). And thatís the idea.
David provided everything his sheep needed. They may have wanted to eat in dangerous places or drink from polluted water, but he wouldnít allow it. As a sheep, Davidís shepherd gave him everything he needed. He lacked nothing.
I have no doubt Iíll die with wants but not needs. Iíve always had everything required to survive and accomplish Godís plan-and I always will. God promises this to every sheep. Learning the difference between wants and needs-and what God promises about each, makes for a happier and more focused life. It also prevents anger at God when he doesnít give everything we think we need. God is a loving shepherd who knows us intimately. Worry, anxiety and fear over things or our future shouldnít consume our attention.
Let God teach you to live with a ďno lackĒ frame of mind.
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