I thought about this word need which, according to Webster’s dictionary, is defined as to require (something) because it is essential or very important; expressing necessity or obligation. At the time I thought about this word, I was so frustrated. I’d just received a text message from the office assistant – who I hadn’t met – telling me what I “needed” to do and when.
My first reaction was, “I don’t need to do anything but follow Christ and die.” But then, with a calmer head, the writer in me began to think about that one special word – need. I still don’t know if I was more put off because it was said by someone I didn’t know, or if it was because I was aware of the many things I really needed to do, but had not.
You see, need can be a daunting and controlling word. I have witnessed many people overwhelmed by their “need to do” lists and feeling defeated after not fulfilling every need.
Let’s take a moment to focus on need in a spiritual context according to the word of God. The Bible has given us many scriptures explaining just how much we need God’s word.
In times of worry and fear, we need Isaiah 41:10 which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
When we can’t find peace, we need John 14:27 which reads, “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. Or perhaps we need John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If we’re feeling scared or inadequate, we need 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”, or Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you: He will never let the righteous be shaken.”
When you feel alone, you need Psalm 120:1, “I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me.”
Now, trust me when I say, the ever-controlling needs of life will always seem to have a hold on us – if we do not secure our need for God’s word. Allow the gift of the Bible to take precedence over everything else we think we need. Then, we will be equipped to handle whatever comes our way.