The Norm of Being in Need

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

– 2 Corinthians 9:8

Did you know that the default in our culture is to be afraid and in need? It’s the norm to be hurried and to have a life characterized by worry; in fact, this is one of the ways people manage you. By playing into your fear and leaning into your lack, you can be controlled by those who promise to relieve it. If it’s with the next great product, book, or career opportunity, culture has made an art out of getting you to do what you’re supposed to do, whether it’s buying a product, pursuing an appearance, or working tirelessly at a job. 

Because of society’s mentality of lack, it’s actually weird to say and believe that you have all you need and that you lack nothing. When someone asks you how you are, it’s more normal to say, “I’m busy,” or “I’m stressed out,” or “I don’t know how I’m going to pay my bills.” Imagine going into work tomorrow and when your co-worker greets you and asks you how you are, you respond with, “I have everything I need. I lack nothing.” How do you think people would respond to that? While it may come as a shock at first, I’m willing to bet it would get their attention in a positive way!

Friend, though you might have shortcomings or addictions, and although you may have made mistakes or have things that you still wrestle with, the Lord is your Shepherd so you lack nothing! Because you are in Him, you have tremendous abundance, not only of monetary resources, but of joy, love and peace. In a world that is constantly striving to have more, you are full and satisfied. No matter what your circumstances say, the Lord says that you are protected, cared for, sheltered, taken care of,  provided for and blessed! Isn’t that amazing news?


Lord Jesus, I am thankful that in you, I have everything that I need. Though the world tempts me to focus on my lack, I choose to focus on your abundant supply.


How do you feel controlled by the world’s appeal to your lack? What truth can you counter that with?

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