God Shall Supply All Your Needs?

 The pastor sat on his new Harley, smiling at the camera taking his picture.  The stage in his church had been adapted to become a parking lot for a couple of the motorcycles in the church.  With a flourish, he stepped off the bike, his leather chaps and leather riding jacket creaking with the sound of new leather against the wireless microphone that projected his every word across the air to the thousands packing into the church and even onto the televisions across the country.

 “God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.”  We have all heard this verse quoted ad nausea to justify our being wealthy simply because we are Christians.  In doing so we are making one critical error, an error that is natural to all men.  Our mistake is that when we look at scriptures like this our natural inclination is to evaluate them according to our own cultural prejudices.

 We should first begin with the understanding that God is more concerned with our spiritual needs than He is with our physical needs.  King David declared that our lives are merely a breath.  With that in mind, we can see that our physical needs, in comparison to our spiritual needs, are not as critical to a God who understands the role of eternity in our lives.

 Thus, we should always begin our search with the spiritual value of any scripture before we turn to the physical side of God’s word.

 God does supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  He supplies the need of eternal security.  He supplies the need of belonging to the greatest family in history.  He supplies the need of knowing that, whatever comes our way, we are equipped for the ultimate survival.  He supplies the need of knowing that no weapon formed against me shall prosper because no matter what happens I will never be separated from the true God.

 This is a proper evaluation of our needs being met by God.

 The pastor in the example above is confusing his wants with his needs—this is a typical American problem.  We are so prosperous we now see things that are merely wants as needs.  We need to have nicer clothes.  We need to have a new car.  We need to have a bigger house.  We need, we need, we need….

 Unfortunately, these things, while nice and there is nothing inherently wrong with them, are not needs.  Needs are more like food, water, clothing, and shelter.  Everything else in this world is a want.  Now, just because something is a want does not make it wrong.  There is nothing wrong with a pastor wanting a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  There is nothing wrong with that same pastor having the motorcycle of his dreams.

 There is, however, something wrong with any man or woman insisting that our wants are our needs and then declaring that God is going to supply our wants because we consider them needs.

 The problem with such thinking is that it distorts the image of who God is.  This means that nonbelievers look at believers and do not see the eternal God who is seeking them out.  When we confuse our wants with our needs we create God in our own image.

 Creating God in our own image is the sin of the Israelites in the desert while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the heart of the law from God.  The creation of the Golden Calf was a moment when they created God in their image—we know where that got them.  Why are we so eager to follow them down this path to destruction?

 When we align our understanding of scripture with our spiritual well being we become people who are content with the place where God has placed us rather than constantly fighting to be somewhere different than where God has placed us.  Understanding this scripture in light of our spiritual needs rather than merely seeing our needs as physical is really what God is longing for with His people.

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4 Responses to “God Shall Supply All Your Needs?”


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  2. 2 prayerwarrior 16 October 2009 at 7:33 am

    Pray For Israel & Jews… Pray For USA. God Bless USA, & Israel
    Pray For World Homeless Families. & Please Pray For Homeless Women to… In The Name of Jesus Christ & all There health Problem In The Name Of Jesus Christ

    2.

    Please Pray for Street Bullies In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools

    Prays for President Obama and Wife, & Children’s and his new administration. Your efforts will work powerfully in our nation.

    I’M RAYING FOR YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ME

    Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Have you heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”? The concept is true – a family that has their focus on praying to the Lord Jesus Christ has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.

    3.

    4. Prayers for Justice and Peace

  3. 3 prayerwarrior 16 October 2009 at 7:34 am

    Psalm 20
    ——————————————————————————–

    May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble,
    the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
    Send you help from his holy place
    and strengthen you out of Zion;
    Remember all your offerings
    and accept your burnt sacrifice;
    Grant you your heart’s desire
    and prosper all your plans.
    We will shout for joy at your victory
    and triumph in the Name of our God;
    may the LORD grant all your requests.
    Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed;
    he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
    with the victorious strength of his right hand.
    Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
    They collapse and fall down,
    but we will arise and stand upright.
    O LORD, give victory to the king
    and answer us when we call.

  4. 4 prayerwarrior 16 October 2009 at 7:35 am

    Pray For Israel & Jews… Pray For USA. God Bless USA, & Israel
    Pray For World Homeless Families. & Please Pray For Homeless Women to… In The Name of Jesus Christ & all There health Problem In The Name Of Jesus Christ

    2.

    Please Pray for Street Bullies In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools

    Prays for President Obama and Wife, & Children’s and his new administration. Your efforts will work powerfully in our nation.

    I’M RAYING FOR YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ME

    Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Have you heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”? The concept is true – a family that has their focus on praying to the Lord Jesus Christ has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.

    3.

    4. Prayers for Justice and Peace

    Psalm 20
    ——————————————————————————–

    May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble,
    the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
    Send you help from his holy place
    and strengthen you out of Zion;
    Remember all your offerings
    and accept your burnt sacrifice;
    Grant you your heart’s desire
    and prosper all your plans.
    We will shout for joy at your victory
    and triumph in the Name of our God;
    may the LORD grant all your requests.
    Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed;
    he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
    with the victorious strength of his right hand.
    Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
    They collapse and fall down,
    but we will arise and stand upright.
    O LORD, give victory to the king
    and answer us when we call.


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