Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, KJV)
I am one of those people that always see the glass half-full and it keeps me pretty happy. I’ve noticed that those who see the glass-half empty are usually not very happy, at least not consistently.
It’s the same glass. It’s the same amount in the glass. Yet the point of view we take and how we choose to think about it makes a big difference. As indicated by the scriptures above, what we think on matters.
Two days ago, a scripture drifted through my mind. One word suddenly stood out to me and it caused a tremendous shift in the way I think and with that change of thinking came a peace and a joy that can not be taken from me.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, KJV)
The word that jumped out to me that day was the word ‘need’. It suddenly occurred to me “He never said I wouldn’t have a need. But He did say He would supply ALL my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Each month it seems that just when I think we are going to have a need-free month, something comes up with one of our dogs, one of our cars, or some needed home repair or update. Each time something would come up my first response was usually one of thankfulness that I have the finances to cover it. But over time, I would sometimes start to feel weighted down by the needs coming one right after another. I kept waiting for that month when I would have no needs.
But this day as I drove down the road I felt the weight of the currently pressing needs completely lifted off my heart. God’s not surprised that I have needs. They may surprise me at times, but not Him. And He has said that He has provision according to His riches for each need that comes up.
Whenever sickness tries to attach itself to my body, the first scripture that usually comes to my mind is Psalm 103:3.
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. (KJV)
My next thought is always, “This is one of all that I was healed of.” This is not an illness I have to keep or endure. This is one of all that God has already made provision for through the work of the cross. I don’t think sick. I don’t think glass half-full. I think healing!
In the last few days many unexpected needs have presented themselves, but they don’t seem to carry the weight and the pressure that they used to carry. With each need I now think, “This is one of all of my needs that He has made a supply for according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I am no longer moved by the need, I am moved to peace and thankfulness by the promise that He will supply the provision for every need.
The glass half-empty is focusing our thoughts on the needs that come one right after another.
The glass not just half-full but overflowing is thinking, “Yeah I have need, but I also have a promise that He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!”
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… (Psalm 23:1, KJV)
…my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5, KJV)