Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Orange Moon Wednesday, March 6, 2024 "Our Need For Need"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Our Need For Need"

"We need need, and God loves us enough to work in each of our hearts and lives accordingly."



      We need need.  Moreover, we also need to know that we are needy.

    "But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliverer" (Psalm 40:17).

    Not a one of Adam's fallen race would have the slightest interest in God apart from His administration and allowance of the sorrow, thorns, thistles, sweat, and death He promised after sin entered the human heart (Genesis 3:15-19).  "Ye shall be as gods" lied Satan, tempting our original forefathers into believing they could navigate life and existence by their own devices (Genesis 3:5).  Nothing could have been further from the truth. Adam and Eve lived and moved and had their being in God (Acts 17:28).  They did not create themselves, they could not sustain themselves, and they could not supply for their own needs.  They could, however, believe otherwise, and thus embrace the deception offered by the devil.  Darkness rather than divinity ensued, requiring the Creator to ban them from the Eden of His provision into the wilderness of need that would expose the reality of "I am poor and needy."

   Of course, even in the wilderness of necessity, God mercifully remains the supplier and supply for all human need.  "He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  However, His provision blesses us amid the challenges we require to become aware of who our Lord is as provider, and who we are as His supplicants.  Otherwise, we would all go on our way in the sad delusion of "the wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God" (Psalm 10:4).  Yes, we need need in order to have hope for discovering the truth about God and ourselves.

   We do well to apply this truth to the challenges we face in this lifetime.  Regardless of how well we know the Lord, born again believers live with flesh inherited from Adam, flesh in which the "ye shall be as gods" deception remains.  "The flesh lusteth against the spirit" (Galatians 5:17).  Our Heavenly Father must therefore administer and allow necessities in our lives that lead us to Him and thereby deliver us from temptations to trust ourselves.  Not a one of us would continue our walk with Him apart from the providence that uses both the pleasant and the painful to maintain our spiritual awareness.  When need of any mode or measure crosses our threshhold, God fulfills the ancient promise of "sorrow, thorns, thistles, sweat, and death" whereby we may be prepared to trust Him.  It is not an easy truth, nor one that will ever feel comfortable in this present journey of challenge.  It is, however, a necessary truth, and one required for our redemption.  We need need, and God loves us enough to work in each of our hearts and lives accordingly.

"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

(Acts 14:22)

"Thou art my portion, o Lord."

(Psalm 119:57)

Weekly Memory Verse

   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.

(James 1:13)


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