I was born into a poor but solid Christian family. We did not have many things that we really needed growing up, but our parents could not afford to provide them. I thank God for what David said,
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” Psalm 23:1.
I believe we can eradicate hunger, but it is very hard to eradicate poverty. Growing up in poverty is one thing, but allowing that poverty to grow inside you is another problem all together.
Many who live in the developing nations have a poverty mentality. No matter how much God blesses them, they never seem to let go of the poverty mentality. These people view money as somewhat surreal and they become overly frugal.
I believe a balanced mindset is to give, spend and save. The main question that comes to my mind is “who do you think is responsible for your success? You or God! “ If you believe that it is God who is behind your blessings, what you gain you can maintain. I love what the Psalmist says,
“Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing”
And in the New Testament,
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…”
2 Corinthians 9:8.
We like sheep are very dependent on our Shepherd to provide everything we need. And that is exactly how God wants us to live, in total dependence on Him. The fear of lacking things in life keeps us from trusting God fully. There are many kinds of fears that are born from the fear of lack: the fear of becoming disabled, growing old, or my investments going wrong. These fears all lead to anxiety, which is the opposite of trusting God.
I would encourage you to start believing what God has promised you. He is able and willing to take care of each one of us. In order to enjoy God’s promises, understand the condition in order to enjoy His promises – obedience. Lean on Him and He will truly become your shield, your provider, your protector, your guide, and your supplier. This does not mean we sit and wait for God to provide. We need to do our part and then trust God to do the supernatural work in our lives.
I can truly say that ever since I trusted Him as my Savior and Lord, and I learned of His promises, He has met my needs beyond expectation. Let us ask God to help us conquer the fear of lack so we can trust Him more fully.