Posted by: SandreS | July 26, 2009

Basic Human Needs

Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).

The believer, along with the rest of creation, must deal with trials associated with basic human needs (i.e., food, shelter and clothing). We would not need to have the burdens connected with these needs were we in our homeland. We share in the experience of these necessities simply because we are here. We are here “for His sake,” and by faith we do so “with Him.”

Our Father teaches us essential lessons in the experience of these necessities. He adjusts our perspectives as to what is of real and lasting value, and teaches us divine contentment.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Philippians 4:11-12).

The circumstances of life that revolve around our basic human needs take up much of our time and energy. They are the lot of our existence, and this is so by divine design. Yet we are able to redeem this time from the vanity of Adam’s descendants and have it transform unto that which is of celestial value.

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him … And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:17, 23).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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