"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1
Some other versions of the Bible read- "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not lack". There is no lack in Jesus. When we follow Him, we lack for nothing. He tells us that there is "no good thing that He withholds from those who walk uprightly". He also promises to meet and supply "all our need".
When He said this, He didn't say He would "meet your greed". He didn't say He would give you everything your flesh craves. He didn't say that if you covet after something to consume it upon your own lusts He would give it. He didn't say He would give you riches upon riches just for the sake of giving them.
What He did say is that we would not lack for anything that we need. This does not always mean money. If money is what we need to advance the Kingdom of God and do the work He has called us to do, then we won't lack in it. But it also means that we won't lack in other resources that it takes to get the job done. It also means that we won't lack in wisdom, we won't lack in peace, we won't lack the joy that is our strength, we won't lack the discernment that we need, etc.
The shepherd led his sheep to green pastures and beside still waters. Our Good Shepherd leads us into places where all our needs are met. We too are led to green pastures-- places where we can be fed, nourished and grow. He leads us beside still waters- places where our thirst is quenched. So when our spirits are refreshed, our thirst is filled and our hunger satisfied, there is nothing else that we need-- we lack nothing.
Have a great day. There is no lack of what we need when we are following our Good Shepherd.
For further reading:
Psalm 23; 84:11
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