I got a note recently from a prisoner. He was day-dreaming about food he hadn’t had in a long time – chocolate covered peanuts, soda, and other treats – I could practically see him salivating, he wrote so descriptively.
Following that came a second note saying, scratch that first note – those things were not necessary things. He had his Bible and warm clothes.
His note made me think of Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
That verse from Job made me review my responses to cravings: How often does that happen to me? Do I consider God’s words more necessary than my food? And of course, it was natural to wonder – what do I consider necessary?
The interesting thing was that God spoke to me two days prior (thanks to the example of friend Shonda) and I sent funds to the prison for him to purchase extra goodies – “unnecessary” things.
God had already provided for him the answer to his longings and cravings – before he had them! And God does the same for us.
2Pet. 1:3 says – His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
All that we need has been provided and is ready – even before we know what we need, or realize it is okay to ask.
Matt. 6:8 “…your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.”
Eph. 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us
Isn’t it awesome that God considers all things pertaining to life – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, as necessary – and has provided them as a necessary abundance!
Jesus said “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
I’d love to hear what God has provided for you recently!