Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Contrasting Patterns of Need Satisfaction

UV 558/10,000 Contrasting Patterns of Need Satisfaction Psalm 34 v 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing People who operate only in the natural are like the beasts of nature referred to in this uni-verse as “ young lions”. They operate on the basis of their natural abilities, drives and impulses. Hence, they are blinded to what they themselves truly need. Though they appear healthy, happy, powerful and prosperous, they lack a wholesomeness in their lives. They starve themselves spiritually. They are on a path that gets gloomier and gloomier as they grow old. Their ultimate destiny will be similar to that of the beasts who do not know their Maker and lack understanding and wisdom. But when we seek the Lord with all our heart, we will be greatly blessed. The fear of the Lord will preserve us from being too confident of our natural inclinations and abilities. We will gain understanding and wisdom. We will not merely satisfy our physical hunger but our hunger for the emotional and spiritual will be constantly satisfied. We will not be like the predators, feasting on the weak. The Lord will supply all our need according to His generousity and the abundance of His provision. What we do and what we own will be blessed, preserved and multiplied. Scripture says that “ the righteous will lack no good thing.” The sense of security that the worldly have is in the abundance of things they possess. But our sense of security is in the personal relationship we have with our Lord and Saviour. Randomness, chance and greed predominate the patterns of the world. But, definiteness, precision and generousity mark the provision of the Lord. We will not place our confidence in money or what it can buy. Yet, we will have what we need at the time of our need. The sense of diligence with which people of the world pursue the things of the world is directed by us to seeking, studying and pursuing the Word and the Will of God. Our sowing, growing and reaping are blessed. Sometimes, even without sowing and reaping, the Lord provides as He does for the birds of the air. Prateep V Philip

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