I woke up needy today. Desperately needy. I imagine most of you did too. In a world that shouts “You are Enough” the recent pandemic squashes that mantra before our feet touch the floor in the morning. Being needy is seen as a weakness in our culture today. When you are weak you are not enough, you are desperate, dependent, and unable. Who wants to update their Facebook status with those words? We should be able to do this, whatever “this” is right now in your particular situation. We must look within ourselves, find more strength, pull it together. I’m exhausted, aren’t you?
I have some good news for you. God is Lord over all. It’s his perspective that matters and his word turns everything upside down on this particular topic.
Look at Proverbs 30:1, “The man declares, I am weary, O God, I am weary, O God, and worn out.” Sound familiar? Where does this weary man find his strength? Himself? No, in the refuge that the Holy One provides (Proverbs 30: 2-5).
David exalts God and publicly praises him because God stands at the right hand of the needy one (Psalm 109:31). God is at the ready and supports those who are desperately needy for Him. Not the one who has it all together.
The Prophet Isaiah proclaims the type of person who God will favor and it is the one who is humble with a spirit of neediness before Him (Isaiah 66:2).
Jesus says the supremely happy and honored person is the man who knows his great need for Him (Matthew 5:3).
The circumstances may not always be ideal, but it is a blessed thing to be so acutely aware of our great need for Christ. Great glory for the name of Christ comes shining through needy people.
- God weakened Paul so that Christ’s perfect power could shine for all to see (2 Corinthians 12:19).
- The LORD brought the Israelites into the wilderness to help them see and repent of idols in their hearts so they would turn and worship the one true God (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).
- God took Christ to his weakest point on the cross, humble, shamed, mocked and through this neediness, all who believe in the name of Jesus can be saved. God works in mighty ways during times of great neediness.
Playing off of Pastor Mike’s recent article, don’t waste this neediness. Instead of trying to look to yourself, humbly come to Christ and admit your great need for him. Rejoice in this desperation because it draws you closer to Christ. Be open to seeing where God is revealing idols in your heart during this time. The Lord is working to conform you to the image of His son through your neediness (2 Corinthians 3:18), what a gift! Come and find rest at the feet of the one who says His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), whose mercies never end (Lamentations 3:22), and who sent his son to die in your place so you could draw near to him.
Join me and let’s be desperate for Christ together.