"I shall not want"

God supplies all our needs. That's a promise. Whatever we require for a spiritually happy, harmonious, contented, fulfilling life is assured. We can be certain that we will never lack anything that is essential to our well-being. As the Psalmist sang, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Ps. 23:1;

But what if we feel discontented because we think we want something we don't really need? What if we think we want to possess an object or to have something occur that would turn out to be bad for us? How does that Bible promise apply then?

God gives us all we need, but He does not give us things we don't need or that in the long run would do us harm, just because we wrongly believe we want them. However, this doesn't mean we will at times have unfulfilled desires. It's still a fact that the Lord, the one God, or divine Love, is our Shepherd—that God is the all-wise, all-loving giver of everything we need. The statement "I shall not want" is still valid.

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