Monday, January 9, 2012

Lacking Nothing

Reprinting (and adapting) from our 2008 church newsletter:

Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, 
so that they lacked nothing:"
Nehemiah 9:21

The children of Israel abode in the wilderness for forty years, having nothing with them but what they brought from Egypt.  I can think of some things I would like to have along if I had to flee this prairie: my coat and mittens, and clean clothes, and food and water.  And soap, too, just in case we couldn't get any while we were running.  And money, but the children of Israel did not need money in the wilderness.  And, of course, it would be nice to have my Internet and, most especially, a good stash of chocolate!

But the children of Israel had no extras, certainly not chocolate or email.  They didn't have television or board games to occupy idle time.  No new clothes or shoes, no new dishes, no variation in their home decor.  No vacation.  No flower garden, no music collection, no pedicure.  But God's word says they lacked NOTHING!

Did you know that it is possible to have nothing and everything at the same time?  For it was the Lord Jesus Christ who sustained the children of Israel.  HE was the source and supply of their every need.  I have a feeling that if we were brought to a place where the only things we had were those that God gave us directly, we would find a new definition of the word "necessity".

How many of life's extras can you do without, and still feel like you have everything?  Is Jesus Christ everything to you?  While some women might seem to have it all, without Jesus they really have nothing at all.  He is made unto us "wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption".  In the eternal scheme of things, what more could we ask?

I thank God for making me a woman who has it all!

Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15


  1. Sally, I think that what causes so many of us to want more is not being grateful for what we already have. I think of Eve being tempted by satan...she wasn't content, but wanted more. I know that this is an area that God is dealing with me on and I'm so grateful for his faithfulness :-).
    Blessings, Julie

  2. So well said! It is my goal for Jesus to literally be my all. Thankful He is patient with me.

  3. Excellent! We have seen a physical famine of sorts these last several months, but I can honestly say that God has been all sufficient. We have lacked nothing!

  4. We do lack nothing and I am grateful, very grateful! Most of all, I am thankful that we have every thing that we need to be godly. If only I took full advantage!

  5. Great devotion. Yes, I would think those without Christ are most miserable, whether they realize it or not. When Jeff & I first married, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would have so much STUFF. Perhaps one of my goals for this year would be a spending freeze + clearing out some of this unused STUFF.


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