Oh, it’s hard. To feel a void, an unmet need or want or desire. To feel an ache that’s not yet satisfied. How do we confidently declare that we lack nothing? It seems to far-fetched, dare I say even a lie! It can’t be true.
But it is, because the Word says so.
Today, steeped in pain and crying out for relief, I’m searching to take hold of this truth. My heart longs to understand it and walk it out. I know the promise, “when we seek, we find…” and so I dive in, with full anticipation of the promise’s fulfillment.
David declares in Psalm 23 that the Lord is our Shepherd, and in His care we lack nothing. In Psalm 34 he says those who fear the Lord lack nothing, and later those who seek the Lord lack nothing.
When Jesus sent His disciples out to minister, teach, and heal, He sent them without sandals, a purse, or bag; and in Luke 22:35 He asks them, “When I sent you out [in that manner] did you lack anything?”
“Nothing.” They replied.
Bare feet walking long distances, but lacking nothing!
No purse to store money to buy food, but lacking nothing!
No bag for extra clothes when sweaty or soiled, but lacking nothing!
Yep! Nothing. They lacked No. Good. Thing.
This reality is beyond our natural selves.
As humans, we cling to external sources of comfort, satisfaction, and pleasure. The distinction between needs and wants grows blurry according to what drives our understanding of success and thriving.
My body is aching today, and yet here’s the reply that truly transforms my heart beyond the circumstance:
“Nuh uh! I am made whole and complete by the blood of Jesus! No weapon formed against me shall prosper, this is the heritage of the Lord’s people. I am blessed beyond measure!
Scripture, the Word of God, is our sword. It’s our weapon and our promised victory.
When I seek the Lord, I lack nothing.
Why? Because I’ve denied all else, taken up my cross (read more about that here), and followed Him. The hope of His glorious riches is enough. And the overflow of joy this brings, well that’s my strength.
When I fear the Lord, I lack nothing.
Why? Because I’ve humbled myself, let go of my self-righteousness, and admitted my need for God’s grace. Now then, “What can mere mortals do to me?” I’ve been redeemed, set apart! I’m no longer operating in the flesh. My real life is hidden in Christ, through the Holy Spirit at work in me.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17 NIV
Circumstances change, like shifting shadows. God doesn’t change. He remains faithful, because He can’t not be faithful! (2 Timothy 2:13). He remains good, because He can’t not be good!
David, a man after God’s heart, believed in God’s goodness and faithfulness. Even when he didn’t feel it in the midst of shifting shadows of circumstance, he still walked it out. That’s trust. That’s confident assurance.
Oh, that I’d learn to live in this same place of transformational confidence. I wonder what other good gifts would come from intentionally choosing to stand on this truth?
Not earthly stuff, no. Not those “goodies”, which moths destroy and thieves break in and steal. They can’t really be that good at all if Jesus taught us to store up our treasures in heaven.
What are these good and perfect gifts, then?
Peace that passes all understanding.
Joy that can’t be explained.
Endurance to run the race set before us.
Self-control to live wisely.
They sound a lot like Holy Spirit gifts, actually. Fruit, which is the abundance of a life fully satisfied. A life lacking nothing.
In seeking firstthe Kingdom and Jesus’s righteousness, every other need is met along the way. Therein we lack nothing.
I can tell you in all honesty, right now I absolutely lack no good thing. My body is still aching, yes. But my heart is full of joy. I feel renewed, strengthened beyond the physical.
The promise? Fulfilled. The sought after treasure? Found.