|“…it’s easier to make an informed decision about our next smart phones than to examine the darkness of our souls and expose them to the Light that has come into the world. It’s easier to indulge our appetites than to live the life of self-denial whereby our souls may become knit to our Redeemer.” Jerry Bangert
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Each person is forced to make a critical decision: Are you responsible for meeting your own needs, or do you look to God alone? Before you answer, remember the following: First, your needs are insatiable and can never be met to your satisfaction. Like a black hole, you will consume all and scream for more. Like food, no matter how full you feel after a meal, you will return to the table in a few hours to once again eat.
Second, if you conclude that your needs should be met by other than God, you will use people in your endeavor to meet your needs. Few things in life are as cruel and brutal as using others to meet your needs. The widower who, because he is lonely, marries another to meet his needs, only to constantly compare his present wife with his former, illustrates this tragedy.
Third, you will compete with others for the meeting of your needs, simply because temporal resources are limited. Like the couple that competes with each other over the affection of their children, their primary concern is getting rather than giving.
Why do people steal? Because they feel they have unmet needs and cannot trust God to meet them. The same is true for people who are immoral, divorce, and do many other evil things. Jesus summarized the Law in two commands: love God and your neighbor. You will never be able to adequately do this if you look to any source other than God for the meeting of your needs.
Job 14-16 Acts 9:22-43 (New King James Version)
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