There is an old English word, which has lost its rich meaning of centuries gone by. The word is still commonly used today but its use is only related (like a cousin) to the original use of that word.
The word has a great message to tell; the use of it is one that affects both the moment we live in and the future just before it; our word is ‘want’
Originally, the word which best describes ‘want’ was the word ‘lack’ or if we could define it we would say something like ‘it isn’t there’ or ‘have not’. Its use is best seen in the shepherd’s psalm where David said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” In essence, David was saying that because the Lord, having abundance and being the one in whose care he resided, he himself would not lack anything. Or again, to put it more simple, David would ‘not have not’!
Although today the usage of the word has taken on the meaning of ‘desire’, it is still related, for ‘desire’ tells us of something that is not, for which we are hoping that it soon will be.
Consider the kingdom of heaven which has no lack (want), but rather abundance. It contains all things, whatsoever we need. And through Christ Jesus, the king of that kingdom, 'all' has been made available to us.
When we are citizens of that kingdom do we want its abundance or do we have its abundance? Do we want God’s blessing or do we have God’s blessing?
I am learning through this, that I no longer 'want' to live for God, but I 'will' live for God; I no longer 'want' to be with Jesus but I 'will' be with Jesus.
Please take what I wrote and your own life’s story to the king Himself and see what He will teach you.
‘Life and death are in the power of the tongue’. When Solomon recorded these words in Prov 18:21, he referred to the words we use and the way we use words will determine what happens.
You have brought out some good 'food for thought' in this article, Casey. I think most people have entirely forgotten the real meaning of 'want'. We WANT lots of things, but we should really say we COVET lots of things. You have pointed out the true meaning of WANT. WANT and NEED are truly synonomous, but in today's 'greed for things' attitude, we forget that. Your article was-- contrary to what you said in your note--very well written. You got your point across...God bless you...Helen