As we approach Palm Sunday and Easter and things at church begin to swirl into the Holy Days schedule, with all its rehearsals, and preparations, and special services, I thought I would spend some meditation time in this part of the gospels. These are some of the richest passage and there is much to glean.
Today this phrase struck me. ‘The Lord has need of them.’ Here is the context.
And when they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them, and bring them to Me. And if anyone says something to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them." (Matthew 21:1-3 NASB)
It strikes me that our Lord, at times, has needs. This is not to say He is needy, just that He has needs. As He walked the earth, Jesus, the limitless one, the creator of all things, the Alpha and Omega, subjected Himself to the limitations of a man. He had need of food, clothing, shelter, as well as the felt needs that each of us is given to manage.
But He knew a secret, that would change our lives if we could tap into it.
He knew that His Father saw His every need before He expressed it. He knew that His Father, not only was ready to, but had all ready seen to every provision for His life, and all He needed to do was ask.
I don’t believe that Jesus spent those long hours with the Father begging for provision for His needs. I am more inclined to picture that as mostly worship or intercession time. I picture Jesus approaching His needs more like this:
Father? Where did you put the tax money? Oh, in the fishes mouth? Perfect – I’ll send Peter to get it, he’ll get a kick out of that.
Or on another day…
Father, it has been so good spending the night with you. Oh, I sent the boys away with the boat, what’s your plan for me to get across? Just walk? Awesome! Maybe I can beat them across!
Or on this day…
You know Father, I was reading from the prophet Zechariah how I would be entering the city on a colt, the foal of a donkey. We don’t have any livestock. Where should I get a donkey and her foal? Ah, I see, just go up to the first one we come across and tell the owner I need it.
I am messing around (somewhat) and I am not trying to be flippant or disrespectful to either the Lord Jesus or His Father and ours.
I am trying to make the point that His provision, and ours, is all part of the Fathers plan. In the case of the donkey and its foal, we can see that God the Father had made this provision centuries before.
There is no need that you have that God is not aware of, and that He has not planned for.
The problem is, there are things that blind us to God’s provision, and leave us without. The number one thing that separates us from our provision is fear, panic and their little brother worry. There are others like murmuring or self-reliance. I am sure there are lots more judging by how many of us are so woefully low on resources.
Let’s see if we can do better, and begin to believe that God has in fact foreseen our needs as He promised, before it presented the bill.
Why worry, when you can pray?
Let’s change the question we are asking God.
Rather that ‘What am I going to do?’ perhaps a better question is ‘Where have you hidden my provision?’
And just for the record, He does not hide things so we can't find them, but rather to teach us to ask daily for our daily bread.