That’s right. I get lured away from God. On occasion, I find myself pulling back because I start to feel I’m lacking a worldly comfort or desire.
I Lack Nothing
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 NIV
The truth is – I lack nothing. God provides for all my needs. I just stir myself up on the inside thinking I need something God isn’t providing.
In other words, I start believing I know best. The enemy likes to get in on this action, along with my flesh, to lead me away. Look again at what happened to Eve.
She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Genesis 3:6 NLT
Instead of trusting that God was giving her everything she needed, Eve allowed Satan and her flesh to fool her into thinking she lacked something. That God was holding out on her. She decided she knew best.
According to Genesis 3, God had given Adam and Eve all the trees in the garden except this one tree.
God provides generously and He tries to protect me from stuff that will harm me. But, in my arrogance and naïveté, I allow my emotions and lusts to be stirred into a frenzy that often lead me to sin.
The funny thing is I know all this.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Romans 7:18-19 NIV
Like Paul, I have the desire to do what’s right. I want to trust God and copy Jesus, but I often find myself lured off the narrow path.
It Comes Down to Trust
I’ve wrestled with all this over and over again in my life. Bottom line, I think it boils down to trust. I either trust that God is providing everything I need or I don’t. Here’s what Jesus says I should do:
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34 NIV
I shouldn’t worry that I’m going to lack anything. Unfounded worry is how I get lured away from God. He knows everything I need. I just need to trust Him for it.