“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” (Revelation 7:17 NIV)
I remembered my oldest daughter wrote an essay in her City College course on the topic of human necessity. When using the example of my escape from my country and being an orphan as a child, she wrote: “My mom found her shelter in her God”
Some of you know firsthand all about human necessity, but for those of you who have never experienced this, I googled the definition:
“A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life.”
The definition goes on to say that needs are different from wants. Needs are required for safe, stable and healthy lives. A need is something that when not there, causes a clearly adverse outcome. A want, on the other hand, is a desire, a wish or an aspiration.
According to google, some examples of basic needs include such things as air, water, food and protection from environmental dangers. These things are all necessary for life. But we, as humans, need more than just basic needs. Google explains, “In addition to basic needs, humans also have needs of a social or societal nature such as the human need to socialize or belong to a family unit or group.”
Google also outlines that needs can be both objective and physical, siting the need for food as a physical need, while psychological needs such as self-esteem are subjective.
I found it interesting after reading this definition that my daughter would say that my human necessities were met through God. And this wasn’t the only time she said this. At times when we would argue, she would say, in a very negative manner, “all you have is your Jesus!”
Is this true?
I remember times in my life when my husband has told me that people hate me. I realize as I think about this that at such times, I have made it a habit of praying Philippians 4:7: “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV). Other prayers that pops up in such times is this: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18 NIV); and “‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)
The truth of the matter is, no matter what our need, be it physical or subjective, Jesus never leaves us to battle alone. He is our hiding place and our protection. He will strengthen us to endure our battles and to come through them with victory.
Wow, when I read this bible verse in Revelation 7:14 (“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” NIV), I answer to my Lord and Saviour: “Here I am!”
I want to be one of those of whom it can be said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” (Revelation 7:14-17 NIV).
To God be the glory. Hallelujah, bless be in His name Christ Jesus. Amen. For He is truly the answer – not just to my own human necessity, but to the human necessity of all of His children!
Sophie Chun Ngeth
San Bernardino, CA
Written 12/11/2019, 10:00AM