The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. – Psalms 34:10 KJV
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The word “economy” after the name of the Almighty God is probably the most mentioned or implied in the world today. This is however not new as it has always been that way even in biblical times. It was very clear that although some people wanted to worship God sincerely, economy remained a major determinant in deciding the reaction of people – Gen. 12:10; Gen. 46 1 – 47: end.
Individuals and nations relocated due to economic reasons. Only on few occasions did people have to relocate for godly reasons as people predominantly left comfort zones seeking for greener pastures all in an attempt to meet economic goals.
Economic challenges threaten lots of lives in many ways. The presence of famine brings hunger and most times has been the reason for unsettled homes and lives. Most organisations are in shambles because they lost grip of the economy. The significance of economy in the lives of people is no less defined in religious houses and locations where, without gain-saying, more than half of the number of people present in such places are there for economic reasons either directly or indirectly.
All these is not strange as one can only play down the significance of good economy to one’s detriment and there is always the struggle, especially by Christians, to balance economic requirements with religious demands and standards. This has no doubt created lots of stress for Christians who have to balance their money related needs with their salvation needs in a world that is becoming more godless in its approach to issues.
David lived in this earth and he was definitely not an exception to all the stress that lack of money can bring after all he was not a king and a rich person from birth. He experienced some level of deprivation and negative effects of lacking all that one needs financially. One of the motivations for taking the step he took with Goliath aside from the insult Goliath was passing to the Almighty God was the promise of financial reward and opportunity to breakaway from poverty that the King promised – 1Sam. 17:25.
In the period before his living standards changed he had gathered enough experience to know that God indeed is a provider for his children. Right there in the wilderness where he experienced is lack, he observed that the lion as powerful and skilled in hunting as it is sometimes lacks supplies to give to his children. In those times the children of the lion lack and go hungry, something that one could not imagine considering the clout of the lion as a skilled hunter but David was very sure since he had witnessed it first hand that the cubs do lack sometimes. Something else that he also witnessed was that in his entire period before moving into the palace and subsequently into financial sufficiency, he never lacked anything good. He noticed that he never fell behind his seniors and peers including those who came from more comfortable backgrounds.
Not only was he blessed financially, God supplied complete package of total blessings beyond what he could ever imagine– Eph. 3:20. God showed up at critical times when all hope was lost and proved that he will always be a reliable supplier of all good things. To several people including probably his brothers, they would have been surprised as to how everything he did was like he had other supplies aside from their father. Surely they would have investigated and confirmed that their father was not giving him partial treatment.
But they need not have gone that far to know the secret of this sufficiency that David, the last child of Jesse was enjoying because he would have told them if they asked. This secret was also revealed in the scripture today. David wrote that “those who seek the Lord” would not lack any good thing. There lies the secret which is to seek the Lord. David made it clear that seeking the Lord is the key to sufficiency. There is no doubt that most if not all of us desire all those comforts but when we come to the Lord in prayer are we seeking God or seeking those things. It is obvious that seeking those things directly may make it near impossible for us to have them but definitely we will have them if we seek the Lord. Jesus Christ in the scripture lends his voice to this notion when he advised that we seek first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and every other want will be added to it – Matt. 6:33.
Are you seeking God or praying to God for all those desires that you believe will improve your economy? Seeking the Lord is being anxious to know and do his Will all times. You may not realise that you have been asking amiss before now which is why you are not receiving that long standing request – Jms. 4:3. There is the need to be sure that you are actually seeking God in the place of prayer as merely been present in the place of prayer does not mean that you are seeking him. The following points will help your self assessment process if answered sincerely.
1. Which personality is in your thoughts when going or when you are at the place of prayer?
2. Do you realise that you are enjoying some level of Grace by being in the place of prayer?
3. Do you know why God gave you Grace to be in the place of prayer?
4. Are you pursuing God’s intention for allowing you to be in the place of prayer?
When you are able to answer these questions honestly, not only with regards to the place of prayer but in all situations and adjust where necessary, you can rest assured that like David, you will lack nothing and your testimony will be the next one to be referenced. May God grant us the Grace to seek him in all ways so that we can also testify of our lacking nothing in Jesus name. Amen.