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Everything You Need

Today’s Reading: Luke 12:15, 22-34

Luke 12:15 — He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

God promises to meet our needs. All of us have desires. That is part of our human nature. From birth we desire to be held, to be fed, and to have our physical needs cared for. Our souls were designed by God to desire Him and to crave what only can be provided by intimate relationship with Him.

Satan tempted Eve to desire something that was not given by God. She coveted the knowledge of good and evil apart from God. Eve wanted more than what God provided, thinking that she be more if she had it. That is the lie of the devil. He promises that we will be more satisfied, more knowledgeable, more beautiful, more accepted, more powerful, etc. if only we possessed some “thing.”

David wrote, “Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked” (Psalm 37:16). Some Christians think it is unfair that the wicked prosper while they do not. They think, “I am doing what is right. Shouldn’t I be blessed with material things?” These Christians confuse being blessed with having an abundance of possessions.

Jesus does not guarantee us material wealth if we follow Him. He did not own a home. He had no wife or children. He had no servants, no lands, no fine clothing or jewelry, and no fat purse filled with gold. He was like one of the ravens He described that God fed. He was like the grass that God clothed. God provided for His Son exactly what He needed.

Jesus did not complain that He did not have enough. He was like David who wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need” (Psalm 23:1). Jesus’ heart was not set on the things of this world. His heart was set on you and me. He laid down His life to gain us. That is the heart of the Lord.

Remember David’s words: I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread (Psalm 37:25).

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“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread (Psalm 37:25).”

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