Enduring the Lean Seasons

No coveting your neighbor’s wife. And no lusting for his house, field, servant, maid, ox, or donkey either—nothing that belongs to your neighbor! – Deuteronomy 5:21 (The Message)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

imagesGM0TA0MUDo you compare your possessions to that of other’s? Do you feel a bit cheated when other’s possess things that can only serve as a reality in your life within the confines of your dreams? You may feel that you are more deserving because after all, you have worked much harder in comparison to them. Even still, things seem to just fall into their laps with minimal effort and they don’t even seem to be appreciative.

Any time we shift our focus from the Ultimate Provider to the provision itself, we position ourselves within a danger zone. We become a slave to the perceived lack. The people who we perceive to have authority over the possessions become the prison guards who keep us under lock and key. We fail to realize that our season of lack has less to do with us as an individual and more to do with God’s overall grand scheme for humanity. We are mere participants who go through various experiences in this life which in turn shape and form us to have a phenomenal impact on a lost world.

From a spiritual perspective, there is a positive aspect to lack. There is divine purpose for lean seasons. In situations that seem absolutely helpless and hopeless, it sets the stage for God to miraculously step in and make a way where there seems to be no possible way. Rest assured, there is absolutely no shortage in God’s kingdom. As you fix Your gaze upon your Lord and Savior, He will help you to persevere. As you are positioned in purpose and living out that purpose, He is sure to meet all of your needs according to His riches.


Lord, I thank You that there is absolutely no shortage in Your kingdom. I commit to keeping my gaze fixed on You as opposed to giving power to people and possessions. Help me to glean everything possible during this lean season so that when I get to the other side I will be far more equipped to carry out Your divine will for my life.

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