Reassessed Needs

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4

Notice this verse does not say, “The Lord will give you whatever your heart desires.” The first half of the verse provides context for the second; if you desire nearness to the Lord, He’ll give it to you!

There is a difference between desire and need. While God may not give us everything we want, He will give us everything that we need.

Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

While there is a pre-requisite for having desires fulfilled (taking delight in the Lord), God is already fulfilling needs of believers through the Holy Spirit.

In our first-world society, we often place the words “I need” in front of things that would not be preceded by “I need” in a third-world society. We say “I need more money for my education.” “I need this relationship to work.” “I need complete healing.” We think we know what’s best for ourselves. What’s missing here is the faith to believe that God knows what’s best: If He thinks we need something, He will provide it.

Financial wealth, relational wealth, and physical health are not true needs, except in situations when God views them as such. These would be desires that, according to Psalm 37:4, are met in God Himself.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,[a] who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good reserve[b] for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.

True wealth is found in living out the generosity of God, which brings the treasure of “life that is real.”

Isaiah 40:25

25 “Who will you compare Me to,
or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.

No other person in the world can fulfill us like God can. Because no one is perfect but God, it is foolish to except perfection from beautifully imperfect humans.

Isaiah 53:5

5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.

True healing comes from the wounded hands of Jesus. Though we may not always receive miraculous physical healing, He has already healed the divide between God and us–the worst disease known to mankind called sin.

All of our needs are ultimately met in the person of God.

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill all His promises…leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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