Words of Worth

“But I Neeeeeeed It!”

May 11, 2012

It’s interesting how we often confuse our wants with our needs. When my now grown niece was being painfully weaned from her pacifier, she would wail long and loud, “But I neeeeeeeeeed it!” It was a difficult process and many temper tantrums later, she eventually found out she didn’t need her “binky” as much as she thought. Even as adults, we often find ourselves feeling like a woeful toddler, confusing our needs and wants. But walking in the statutes of God shows us how He provides because He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Notice in Leviticus 26:4-5, the perfect timing of His provision:

“I shall give you rains in their season so that the land will yield its produce… Indeed your threshing will last for you until the grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full.”

This is a significant promise from the Lord. He’s not just going to make sure the rain falls and the land yields its produce. He’s promising each crop will last until it is time to harvest the next one! We often find ourselves looking ahead to the next project while we are still in the middle of the present one. This can cause anxious thoughts to churn in our hearts and minds. “How can I get it all accomplished? I’m already pushed to my capacity!” But God says when we walk in His statutes the threshing will last until the grapes are ready to gather. The word “walk” in this portion of Scripture is a picture of how we live out our lives and nothing about it indicates rushing or hurrying. The way we live our lives, that is a concept hard to imagine. Everywhere I go, I see people in a mad dash to get to the next place.

God is the God of all the harvest. He carefully and completely tends to the fields of the land and the fields of our hearts. This teaching brings to mind the words of Jesus from Matthew 6:25-34, “Do not be worried…for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” God created time and He is not bound or constrained by it. We are often held hostage by our thoughts of what lies ahead of us when we should be enjoying the One walking beside us. Can you trust Him for the provision of your needs? When you walk in His statutes, you will find you have much less to fear because the harvest in the land and in your heart is sufficient. (ct)

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