1 Samuel 8:5 Wanting What The World Has

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They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:5 

One thing common among most people is that they want what someone else has. If no one else really has an object, very few people will want that object. The thing will be questioned as to whether it is really good or not, worth it or not.

If no one has, no wants it because there ‘must’ be something wrong with it. If every one has it, then it must be worth it or it must be a needed thing to have.

Businesses play off of this mindset of people. They make advertisements that show that everyone has the product and that everyone else needs it to really live life to the fullest.

As Samuel was getting older, the people of Israel asked him for a king. They wanted to have a leader, just like all the other nations around them, to lead and guide them in how to live life and be a great nation.

Although the idea of changing leadership is not common for people or nations, there are other things that people want just because those around them have it. Groups of people are stating that others need to follow the examples of other nations or groups in allowing certain things to happen. Many of these things are against God.

Churches and believers are being pressured to be loving and kind in allowing people to live in open sin and yet still be a believer. This goes against God’s standards. Believers are called to be separate and holy, not like the world around them.

Following God will be different than what they world follows. This is for the individual, groups or even nations.

You must ask yourself why do you want some thing or to do some thing. Is it just because everyone else is doing it or has it? Or is it because God wants you to have it or do it?

Your life should be focused on serving and pleasing God and not be trying to fit in with the world. You are different, set apart to be holy unto God.

What you have is greater than anything the world can offer. What the world offers is death. God gives life and abundant life for all eternity.

What do you really want?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will find all your desires in God; that you will desire to serve and love God with your whole life; and that you will follow all the ways of God. 

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Deuteronomy 2:7 Never Lacking

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The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7

Going through life, many people claim to be lacking things. It is very seldom that a person will say that they do not lack anything that they need. Often, however, the need is not really a need, but a want.

The world is constantly saying that a person needs more and more things in order to really live this life. One can never have enough stuff in order to make it in this life.

According to the standards of this world, the Israelites would have been lacking very badly for things, as they traveled around in the wilderness. They would not have had a house, newest camels or chariots, or the fanciest meals and clothing. Yet, God told them that as they traveled in a wilderness for forty years, they did not lack anything at all. God provided for every need that they had.

Although today people usually are not traveling through a physical wilderness, they are traveling through the wilderness of this world. They start out with nothing and have to survive.

Just like the Israelites, believers today do not lack anything. They may not have the fanciest meal, three times a day, but they still have food. They may not have the newest trend of clothing, but they still have clothes.

God always provides every believer with everything that he needs. Sometimes God will go above and beyond and give what he wants.

In order to see God’s provision, one must change the view. He must not look at what others have, but at what God has blessed him with.

Take a look at your own life and see how much you have really been blessed with by God. How much provision has God provided you with over the years?

You may not have all of your wants and desires, but you always have all of your needs. God will never fail you in providing what you need.

This world is your wilderness, and it is trying to tell you what you need. The devil is a liar and you really don’t need everything the world says you need.

Trust God for His great provision for you needs in this life. You will not lack for anything.

Today I pray that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust in God’s provision; that you will continue to follow and trust God; and that God will bring  you through this wilderness.

2 Peter 1:3 Everything You Need

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

Needs are a common thing that every person has. What is considered to be needed is can be different for each person. The very core things that every person needs is food, clothing, and shelter. How much of each of these things are actually needed is what is different for each person.

For some people having one full meal a day and two changes of clothing would be great. For many others, they want a feast at every meal and several changes of clothing for each day.

The problem with looking at just these needs, is these are only temporary needs. These do not help one live a godly life for God.

Peter points out that God’s divine power has given you everything you need…for a godly life. It is not everything you need to live comfortably or to keep up with the neighbors.

Often believers are looking to God to provide the temporary things of this world for our pleasure. God may provide those things, but those are not the things that are truly important. These things may be good, but look for God’s provision for things that will last for eternity.

God has provided forgiveness of all sins and paid for your sins. He has given you His Word to show you what He wants. He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide your every step. He has given you His promises to know what He will do for you. He has given you ways to reach others for Jesus. He will provide ways to serve and love others.

All of these things will allow you to live a godly life, a life just like Jesus. As a disciple of Jesus and a child of God you are supposed to live like Jesus did. What things are allowing you to live like Jesus? Or are keeping you from living like Jesus?

He has already provided all that you need. Do you trust Him?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will live like Jesus did; that know the calling God has for you; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will use you to reach the lost for Jesus.