God Made You Needy

Jesus says, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). There never seems to be a time when the body is not at a disadvantage. When you come into this world, you are neither able to walk, talk, provide food, or clothing for yourself. Then as you grow in your ability to function in these capacities, you are still limited by knowledge, reasoning, and the amount of experience you have. Finally, by the time you have gained all of those things, the body has already met its prime and is spiraling downward. It may be said that you come into this world handicapped and you leave this world handicapped.

God made you needy. God made you dependent. God made you like a little baby who needs its mother. God could have made you strong. God could have made you self-sufficient. God could have made you like one of the angels. But God made you weak. He limited the extent of your size, the extent of your seeing, the extent of your hearing, the extent of your life. This is the way God has made you, and you cannot make one hair white or black. You cannot add one foot to your stature. You cannot travel to the future or the past. You can only live in the present. You can only live within the boundaries God has set for you. “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17:26).

Therefore, wisdom for today says: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation,” in other words, let God fill the gap (Mark 14:38). Paul prayed three times to the Lord Jesus that his weakness, i.e. his thorn in the flesh be removed. Jesus in effect said, “No,” “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). God made you needy so that His strength could fill the gap. Do not trust in yourself as Peter did saying, “I will not deny You!” You will deny. You will stumble. You will fall, because God made you needy. Let God fill the gap. Take pleasure in your needs. God is working a wonderful work and glory in you.

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