Created to Need

This afternoon, I was looking at an orange I was about to eat. I’ve thought for a long time how amazing it is that the nutrients in food — all those vitamins and minerals — are just what my body needs to function and grow. Isn’t that the coolest?

Well, it suddenly occurred to me that just like my body was created to need food, so my heart and soul were created to need God. We’re needy people! We can’t function on our own. And God doesn’t intend us to. We can’t live for a very long time without food or water. So God supplies. May we thank Him daily for food on the table, which eventually winds up in our bellies! We can’t live outside in the elements either. We need shelter. So God supplies that, too. May we thank Him daily for a roof over our heads. We can’t live without clothes. We can’t walk around naked. So God supplies. May we thank Him daily for the clothes on our backs!

Those are just physical needs. What about emotional? Well, what did God say about Adam in the garden of Eden? “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” [Genesis 2:18].* We were created to need other people: friendship, companionship, marriage. That’s what society is. If you’re trying to be self-sufficient, stop! You can’t. If you’re feeling alone, call a friend.

Just like we need food, water, shelter, and clothes to survive physically, and just like we need people to survive emotionally, so also we need God to survive–and thrive and live–spiritually! Jesus is the “bread of life” [John 6:35]. He is “living water” [John 4:10]. Jesus is our “hiding place from the wind, and a covert [shelter] from the tempest” [Isaiah 32:2]. His blood is our only covering for sin.

We can’t be self-sufficient spiritually! Just like we need Jesus to save us, so also we need Him to sanctify us. We need Jesus every hour of the day. He wants to commune with us. So, through His Word and prayer, let us draw near to Jesus today.

*King James Version


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