Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

An Attitude for confronting the needs of life.

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An Attitude for confronting the needs of life.

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” – Genesis 22:7-8.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:19.

While it would be a standard procedure for those still operating with the mindset of the world to fret and worry when confronted by their needs especially when they appear to go unmet, this should not be the case with those who are of the household of God. A whole new set of attitude is required to address this situation, but this attitude must be informed by certain truths, one of which is the need to separate ‘Needs’ from ‘Wants’. Needs are the essentials while wants are mostly driven by greed and possibly ignorance about what we thought we need when in truth we don't. Wants are things we can do without but we choose to possess for the wrong reasons that arises because we have managed to convince ourselves (through the wrong attitude) that we must have them in order to be happy and fulfilled in life. ‘Needs’ can be met, not so can be said for ‘Wants’, because they are mostly feelings driven.

I want you to know that God is committed to providing our needs; he knows them even before we ask him about them. He knows all about them in his position as our father and our creator, and he is more than able to meet these needs according to his riches in glory. We need to understand that in his position as the Jehovah Jireh and the covenant that we have with him in Christ, he is forever committed to providing for our needs no matter how small or big.

This right attitude therefore must recognise that it is God who determines what those needs are and he does this, according to the path and plan he has mapped out for each one of us in life. It is no use walking and operating outside of this will only to start fretting when our needs are not being met. You see doing this is in itself one attitude that needs to  be corrected. But when we obediently walk in his light, he causes his glory to shine on our path, and his glory is more than able to meet every need that arises along this path. So this attitude (for confronting needs) must understand that it is God who determines these needs and must trust God along these lines, that whatever is needed , God is committed by everything that defines him to provide. There is a reason why one of his names is ‘God Who Provides’, this is his commitment demonstrated even by his name.

The attitude that must be developed is similar to the one Abraham demonstrated when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, he knew that he was serving a God who will provide what was needed for the sacrifice. As a result he never baulked neither did he fret at the prospect of what he was asked to do. Let this attitude be formed in us as we confront our needs in life, an attitude that is not driven by anxiety, worry or fret, rather one that is fully trusting in God who is the Provider and confident that the one who is called Jehovah Jireh will meet all our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ, not only that , but one who will also exceed those needs out of the generosity of his love for us.