Momma feeds dogs in the morning. They so look forward to meal time even though they have dry food any time they want a “snack”. That’s what we call it. Food is always available. Still, breakfast is a special time for them. While Mom prepares the bowls, Mumford whines because she isn’t moving fast enough and the others stand back bright-eyed and eager with tails wagging. They don’t really ‘need’ breakfast but it’s special and they like it. She also hides their pills and other meds in their breakfast. Come to think of it, our critters aren’t lacking for anything because we meet all of their needs. We don’t do it just because it’s our job, it’s something we want to do for them because we love them. And if we didn’t do it, who would?
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
We all “want” certain things in life and justify having them, to ourselves anyway. We can sometimes talk ourselves into buying what we want even if we can’t afford it.
Here’s a little exercise. Think of something you need. It shouldn’t take too long. Do you have it in your mind? Not yet? I’ll wait. [long pause while tapping my foot] Got it? Good. Now, think of what would happen if you didn’t get it. What would REALLY happen? If you can come up with a solution, even if it’s inconvenient, then you really don’t NEED what you think you do. Try that exercise when you find other things you you need and you will soon come to the conclusion that you need much less than you think you do.
Maybe you think you need a car. Okay, so maybe you can justify getting one, but do you need a particular car, or will one with rusty fenders and an engine that smokes be sufficient? If not, and you think you “need” a particular car, consider the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life reference in scripture.
We all need groceries, but do you “need” the particular groceries you buy or will the house brand or generic label goods suffice? What do you really need for dinner? Chances are you can get by with less. The same applies to your clothes, furniture, home, and even the computer you are currently using.
God meets our needs because He wants to, not because it’s His job. The least we can do is put forth an effort to restrain and retrain our urges, our greed if you will. The fact is, we’re spoiled and we always seem to want more and more. We need to get that under control, don’t we?
Remember the 3rd verse of Isaiah 55 which says “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”
Let’s move beyond stuffing our face and let’s stop reaching for things that don’t satisfy so that God can make an everlasting covenant with us.
Mumford just told us she’s still hungry and needs more food. I’m not so sure about that. 🙂