It’s time for Five Minute Friday, and the prompt for this week is the word lack. Technically we are supposed to write for five minutes without editing. But I usually end up editing a little bit. Then I look for photos or find the scriptures I want to use. So I don’t include that extra time in the five minutes.
[bctt tweet=”Almost all of us probably feel like there is often something lacking in our lives.” username=”GaylWright”]
We look around and see others who have more than we do and might be tempted to think we need what they have. That can happen when we take our eyes of Jesus and look at our circumstances or compare ourselves with others.
When We Lack Wisdom
Often we do lack wisdom in a given situation. But there is an answer to that in the book of James.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
Contentment and Needs
Maybe He doesn’t give us everything at once that we think we need, but He is always with us. Like Paul tells us in Philippians 4, we need to learn contentment in whatever place we are.
I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
We may go through hardship, but God can meet our needs even then. I remember times when we didn’t have enough income, but God provided for us, sometimes in unexpected ways. People gave money. Others gave groceries and other items.
My five minutes ended, but I want to share a few more thoughts and include a collage from my art journal.
Fragrance of Christ
There are times when we feel inadequate for the tasks that God calls us to do. In 2 Corinthians Paul shares these words:
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
As I shared in a group earlier today, Paul is speaking of himself and Timothy. But I believe it can be applied to us as well, since we are Christ’s witnesses here on earth. How in the world can we be the fragrance of Christ if we feel inadquate? There is also an answer to that lack. Further in the book of 2 Corinthians we read this:
It is not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
[bctt tweet=”We may be weak or lacking in ourselves, but God provides the strength and wisdom for any task He gives us.” username=”GaylWright”] Our weakness shows us our need for Him. He enables us to be the fragrance of Christ to the world.
[bctt tweet=”What thoughts do you have about lack and provision? I’d love to hear your stories.” username=”GaylWright”]