(James Smith, “The Way to Be Wealthy and Happy!” 1859)
“The lions may grow weak and hungry; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10
Those who seek the Lord may be sick, or poor, or tried, in a variety of ways; but the Lord will send them supplies, OR give them the grace of contentment, so that they shall not lack any good thing.
But how many mistake wishes for needs! And while the Lord has promised to supply all His people’s needs–He has nowhere promised to gratify all their wishes.
We really need very little. Therefore the apostle says, “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that!” 1 Timothy 6:8. And again, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said: Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“They shall not lack any good thing.” That is, they shall not lack whatever is really good for them at the time, and under the circumstances. Whatever will promote their holiness and happiness, shall certainly be conveyed to them.
Those who seek the Lord are sure of necessary supplies, for four reasons:
First, the Lord is ABLE to supply them. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think!
Second, the Lord DESIRES to supply them. “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
Third, the Lord has PROMISED to supply them. “The Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Fourth, the Lord ALWAYS HAS supplied them. Look at Jacob, at David–and at all who have already arrived in glory. If the question, put by the Lord Jesus, to His disciples when they returned from their missionary tour on which He sent them without purse or bag, was put to them: “Have you lacked anything?” Every one of them would readily answer, “Nothing, Lord!“
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