“The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”
One of the great benefits of being a Christian is the promise that God will provide for the needs of His people. This same truth is repeated throughout scripture in a variety of ways. Abraham heard God say He would be his shield and his reward, the Levites were promised that God would be their inheritance, the widow was told her oil would be multiplied, and Jesus promised to care for us as He does for the lilies and the sparrows. It is not difficult to find promises declaring that God will meet our needs, but at times, it is very difficult to trust them.
I recently spoke to a young lady who was praying for the Lord to provide her with a particular job. She had been on the mission field for several months and was hoping to be able to continue. She thought to approach someone and tell them of her desire to remain, when she felt as though he Lord told her no. She began to discuss it with God, questioning how anyone would know of her desire if she did not tell them. Again, she felt as though the Lord told her to simply pray. Several weeks later, she was approached by the leadership who asked her if she would stay on and perform the exact job for which she had been praying. By waiting on the Lord, she was able to learn that, “Those who seek the Lord shall lack no good thing.”
We have all heard the phrase, “It does not hurt to ask.” This is often used as a motivator to encourage us to seek assistance form someone else. In some cases, a person may even misquote the Bible and declare, “you have not, because you ask not.” I think it is important to remember that James is exhorting us to pray, not to ask others for help. Also, we need to realize, there are many times when it does hurt to ask. Sometimes it can hurt a relationship, because we are pressuring others. At other times, it can hurt us personally, because we never get to experience the miraculous ways God will provide for us when things look hopeless.
There are certainly times when we need the help of others, but we should not look to others at the expense of being able to learn, “Those who seek the Lord shall lack no good thing.”