The phrase and stereotype of the word “needy” is not a particularly achieved goal. Many folks have started and promoted programs and charities to help the needy. The fact is we all have needs at some point in our lives. We go through valleys and mountains (ups and downs) of life where we are the needy and sometimes the giver.
Jesus has another meaning of needy. When His Chosen People disobeyed with Moses as leader, they had to wonder for 40 years, which is a short time considering those folks lived a few hundred years. While they wondered in the desert, they grumbled, complained, and were ungrateful for what the Lord did for them. What did He do? “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you” (Deuteronomy 8:3-5).
They were completely helpless and needy. God provided their food, their clothing, and prepared them for taking the land He promised them. These people probably weren’t extremely grateful for their wondering in the wilderness. They couldn’t see what God was doing in preparing them. We have hardships and become needy at times and what do we do? We complain and grumble, not knowing what God is planning in our lives.
God wants us to be needy. He wants us to need HIM. When we are looking to God to provide our needs, He is able to use us. He may use us to call, visit, share, talk, prepare, work, and give of our time and talents. He created us to give Him praise and to be grateful. Ephesians 5:20, “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything”.