LACK

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  Psalm 23:1 NIV

Since we got Burt, our dog food container seems to empty quickly.  Add Lucy to the equation and the dry food disappears even faster.  It seems that we are always running to the store for something that we lack.  There is a continuous need for more food, toilet paper, dog food, and the list grows daily.

Lack is described as the state of being without or not having enough of something; to be without or deficient in.  Most of us feel lacking in some area of our lives.  We fear we are not good enough, smart enough, rich enough, and the list grows daily.

God tells us that if he is our shepherd, we lack nothing.  His list of essentials may not be the same as our list.  Galatians 5 lists the fruit of the Spirit and tells us that the Spirit gives us love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to be worried about our need for clothes and food.  He explains that if God takes note of a little sparrow that falls, he will definitely see you and me.  Jesus asks why we worry because worry can’t change anything.  God takes care of the flowers, he will take care of you and me.  Verse 33 states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.  Verse 34 goes on to say, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own”.  Amen.

When we focus on God instead of ourselves we realize he is our shepherd, we lack nothing.  He is our provider, our God, our deliverer. Jehovah-Jireh is the God who provides.

The third verse of the hymn BE THOU MY VISION puts it this way:

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise; Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and thou only, first in my heart; O king of glory, my treasure Thou art.

God is our inheritance today, tomorrow, always.  When we put him first in our heart, He is our treasure.  We lack nothing!

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