Have our needs become our gods? All too often we seek happiness and security in fulfilling them. Our needs may be financial (money, wealth), bodily (sexual, food, sensual) or emotional (power, fame). Whatever, they are. We become obsessed with them. Our eyes see the world through them. Our heart is focused on them. They consume us. They become our god. They enslave and imprison us.
We all too often, like the Israelites, lose hope and fail to trust God and replace Him with a Golden Calf, hoping the Calf will provide. For we fear that God is not present or, if present, is not listening.
But, Our Father in heaven knows our needs, and will provide. “I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25) “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Matthew 6:32-34)
We need to focus our eyes on Christ and listen to what God has written on our hearts. We need to yoke ourselves to Christ, for his yoke is easy and his burden light (Matthew 11:30).
This is one of the most important lessons we can learn in this frenetic society.
Good article.. I am a worrier and these verses often comfort me. I need to keep my eyes on the prize. I agree with Barb’s comment too.