Everything You Need
Blessed are the people…..who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exalt in your name all the day.(Psalm 89:15,16)
When Moses encountered God in a burning bush, he asked, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I tell them?”(Exodus 3:13)
“God replied to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’, This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”(Exodus 3:14) By this God was declaring, “I am the eternal one. I will be what I will be. In essence this declaration held a promise: “Whatever you need Me to be in your life, that is what I will be. I am everything you will need.” During the next forty years, Moses came to experience God as Yahweh, the Great I AM. God was everything ones and Israel needed Him to be.
Whenever God reveals His nature in a. Ew way, it is always for a purpose. He created you for a love relationship with Him. When He encounters you, He is allowing you to know Him by experience. Encounters with God are always an expression of God’s love for you. Jesus aid, “The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by my Father. I will also love him and will reveal Myself to him.”(John 14:21)
If you have a love relationship with God, you will experience Him actively working in and through your life. For instance, you could not truly know God as the “Comforter in sorrow” unless you experienced His compassion during a time of grief or sadness.
The various names of God found in Scripture can become our all to worship. Acknowledging God’s name amounts to recognizing who God is. Calling on His name indicates we are seeking His presence. To praise His name is to exalt Him. God’s name is majestic and worthy of our praise.
Henry and Richard Blackaby
There’s and old song that says, “He’s all I need, He’s all I need, Jesus is all I need. What a incredible joy and delight when Jesus is found to be everything we need. Some may say, “If that’s so, where do I fit and what’s my value?” It is true that most human relationships are generated by need. Indeed in the very first relationship, only the need for companionship of another human was Eve created for Adam. She was never designed to meet Adam’s need but to enjoy all that God provided with Him. Happiness is always better shared. God was to be Adam’s source and supply. Everything that Adam needed, he was to seek and receive from God.
It was in the separation from God that humans began to depend on each other for their needs. It was moving away from the true source of supply and depending on another needy person to supply that need. The struggle of many relationships is due, and I’m simplifying, to disappointment over not receiving a need met.
The ultimate relationship outside of the one with God is that of marriage and family. It is expected of every parent by every child that they are the source of that child’s need. Those of us who are parents have recognized that as much as we desire and as hard as we try, we cannot always meet our child’s need. Because of this, often the relationship between parent and child becomes strained. The child lives with disappointment of unmet need and the parent lives with the frustration of their best not being enough. Many marriage relationships suffer from the same illness. Two needy people marry hoping that the one they marry will be able to meet their needs. So they try and it isn’t long until they realize that either their need isn’t met or they have failed meeting their spouse’s need.
Many look to their employers and their finances to have their need met. I think sometimes we believe that if you throw enough money at something it will get fixed. Others look to the government to supply their need only to find disappointment that far too many times its unable or unwilling to do so. There are those who look to the church or the pastor to meet their need. “After all,”they say, aren’t they Gods representatives?” So we seek new jobs, elect new politicians, find other churches, and hire new pastors only to find ourselves disappointed again and again.
Several years ago, early in our marriage, I discovered this wonderful revelation that God was my source, my need supplier. It occurred in the process of my dad’s passing. The devastation and grief that was overwhelming me was beyond any human help. Sherry attempted in every way she knew to comfort me and support me. Many friends surrounded me and my family. I remember sitting in the funeral home and so many passing by and offering their presence and kind words. It just wasn’t enough. How could anyone understand the feelings of losing my anchor. I left the funeral home that night, got in my car alone(Sherry was very concerned about this) and drove to an overlook at Philpott Dam. There alone I cried out to God and said, “Who will me my dad now? Where will I go for advise and help?” I’ve never forgotten that moment. Whether it was actual or not I cannot say. I only know it felt real and I believe I felt the physical presence and touch of the arms of God around my shoulders. I heard His voice, whether audible or not I don’t know. Yet it was so powerful that it felt audible. He said to me, “I will be your Father and I will guide you and help you. You can trust me for every need and you will never be disappointed.”
That moment changed my life. From that time I have no longer needed any human.
Some time later as I was able to process this revelation, Sherry and I had a conversation. I was probably a little blunt as I blurted out, “ I love you but I no longer need you.” You can imagine the hurt and the rejection she must have felt in that moment. As I began to share what God had revealed to me that He alone was my supply and that gave the both us us the liberty to enjoy a relationship that had no demands, she began to see that our relationship wasn’t based on need but desire. She understood that though I didn’t need her, I wanted her and wanted to be with her and as she saw God as her need supplier, it freed her to just enjoy being with me even when I couldn’t meet her need.
I pray that every reader will have this revelation. It will transform every human relationship you have. No longer will you pressure others or be pressured by others for the sake of meeting needs. You will trust your Heavenly Father to supply your every need just as He does to the little sparrow. You will then be able to enjoy your human relations with the allowance of you being you and them being them. Whatever you bring into their lives and whatever they bring into yours then becomes dessert and added bonus. When you see this you will have increased appreciation for them knowing that above and beyond your need that God is supplying they are adding blessing. It is always a great thing when we can just walk together and enjoy the company of each other, fully satisfied and complete.
Dr. John Thompson