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Needs and Wants

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 NKJV

I can't pinpoint a decade that it happened, most likely, it has been a gradual creep, but we have become a country of excess. Our mindset has gravitated to the "more is good" attitude, and the more we accumulate, the bigger our egos are likely to grow. Instead of trusting that God will provide our needs, we have become driven to satisfy all our whims and wants.

Immediately preceding, these words from the Lord's Prayer ask for God's will to be done, "On earth as it is in heaven." What is his will? As disciples, we constantly strive to understand this, but a significant component of finding his will is to have faith, believing that God will provide. Not only for our needed daily nourishment but for all things.

Does this mean we shouldn't work to provide for ourselves? God will provide manna from heaven. Of course not; humankind's first job was to tend the garden.

We were also created to care for each other. There's a balance between accumulating beyond our needs while others have little. We are to be God's hands to those without shelter, with insufficient clothing, and who go hungry.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9‭-‬13)


Pastor Tim

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