THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I NEED ICE CREAM. That’s a very nice thought, if you like ice cream, and most of us do. Now, ice cream my not be our greatest need…but it says something about our needs. We all have them, and some of our needs are a matter of life and death depending on how we satisfy them. Needing ice cream is not a matter of life and death…although the person who said that too me may made it sound very urgent. Like, if I don’t get it?…Well, you get the idea. Now let’s shift to the much more serious matter of legitimate needs and how we go about meeting them. I need ice cream…you could buy it, or you could steal it…either way you would have your ice cream. But, the end does not justify the means. WE MAKE THE MISTAKE OF MEETING LEGITIMATE NEEDS THROUGH ILLEGITIMATE MEANS and because the need is met we feel justified. Sometimes you have to wait, be patient when it comes to meeting needs. Save money, rather than running off with a credit card and charging things up. You may be getting something you need with the credit card, but is that the best way of meeting your needs?…in most cases not. Sex, is a legitimate human need. You have to wait for marriage so that it can be expressed the way God intended and be the blessing that God meant it to be. You take a short cut and you’ll pay a price. You may be meeting a need but you will suffer dire consequences. (You might be asking right now; How did you get from ice cream to sex?) Jesus had a legitimate need after He fasted for 40 days…food, Satan tempted him to turn the stones to bread. Legitimate need, but the means of meeting it was illegitimate. Jesus had to wait for an appropriate time and a legitimate means. The question for you to consider; HOW ARE YOU GOING ABOUT MEETING YOUR NEEDS? This has to be examined very carefully because anyone of us can easily fall into the trap of meeting a legitimate need by an illegitimate means. We have this innate ability to justify almost anything we do, even if it’s wrong. I NEED ICE CREAM…that may not be our greatest need, but it does teach us something about ourselves we need to consider. Just because we have a legitimate need, doesn’t even mean it has to be met…at least not now. [Philippians 4:11-13] “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LIFE IS TO MAKE SURE YOUR LEGITIMATE NEEDS ARE MET BY VALID AND LEGITIMATE MEANS that don’t take you outside the boundaries of God’s will.
– Pastor Stephens