If you are joining me here today from my devotion at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, thanks for stopping by! I’m giving away a signed copy of my new book, “His Revolutionary Love” today…more at the bottom!
My youngest daughter came home from her small group where they are going through HRL. She shared this cool idea: each of the girls in the group is going to take a week during the study. During their week, they will text the other girls verses out of the book; a reminder of God’s love notes to them. I just loved this idea of bringing the study into day to day living!
This week’s love note is from Psalm 9:18 “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”
Friends, this verse talks about the needy. Do you know who the needy are? You and I! Every day we are needy because our hearts were created to be filled and just like you need to fill your body each day with water and food, your heart needs filling every day as well! I purpose to do this each day first thing in the morning (and on the days I don’t you sure can tell!).
This year I am filling up my heart by doing a study on the word free. I simply went to Bible Gateway and typed in the topic word “free”. I then printed out each verse in the Bible that contains the word “free”. Each day I looked up this verse or a few of them. Using my Hebrew-Greek Bible, I looked up the words and ask the Lord to share with me how He wants me to understand His freedom for my life that day. Grasping His freedom for me frees me from the need for other’s approval, the need to have everything under control and the need to have everything perfect (just to mention a few of my personal issues!)
It’s OK to be Needy
It is not too popular in our culture to be needy, is it? It is especially not good for women! Those who have come before us have fought very hard for women’s rights – the right to vote, the right to work the same jobs for the same pay and many more. Being needy has been a bad thing.
But with God, that is not so!
All of us are needy; we were born that way! Just think of how each one of us came into the word; completely dependent in every way. Dependent for food, shelter, and affection. As we became an adult, our dependence lessened.
Maybe this is why the Bible calls us the “children of God”. Unlike the cycle of human life, we need to be always dependent on God. Dependent on Him to fill the individual needs that we each have. He is the only one who can fill those needs with a pure motive and with unconditional love.
It is imperative that we grasp this truth and teach this to our children as early as possible because when our neediness is not filled by Jesus, it becomes a force of destruction in our lives.
We are praying for the opposite: for our children to experience the force of revolutionary love which will lead them to make wise choices.
Again…take some time this week to ENJOY your children…they truly grow up way too fast!
Today, I am giving away a copy of “His Revolutionary Love”. To enter to win, simply comment to this question by clicking “comments” below. In what area am I needy and learning to run to Jesus for that need to be met? If you are on the run, just type “I’m in!”
I am so sorry that I won’t be able to interact with you today…I am in Atlanta at the International Christian Retailers Show doing a book signing and interviews, but I will be in touch as soon as I return!