Lack Of Nothing

Lack Of Nothing

by Pastor Ricky Kurth
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A Simple Lesson in Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

“…he that gathered little had no lack…” (Ex. 16:18).

“Neither was there any among them that lacked…” (Acts 4:34).

“…that ye may have lack of nothing” (I Thes. 4:11,12).

As we can see here, throughout the Bible, God has been concerned that His people do not lack for the basic necessities of “food and raiment” (I Tim. 6:8). However, as we shall see, the means by which He provides for these necessities has changed. To begin with, when the manna fell in the wilderness, Moses told Israel:

“…Gather of it every man according to his eating… And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less… he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack…” (Ex. 16:16-18).

Here we see that God miraculously provided daily bread for Israel during their wilderness journey, and they “lacked nothing” (Deut. 2:7). We know He also supernaturally prevented their shoes and clothing from wearing out during those forty years (Deut. 29:5). But as we turn to the New Testament, we find that the means by which God provided for the needs of His people changed. At Pentecost, we read,

“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2:44,45).

“Neither was there any among them that lacked; for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:34,35).

As you can see, the means by which God provided for His people changed dramatically. Here He provided their needs by instructing them to pool their resources and live in a communal state.

Today in the dispensation of Grace, the means by which He supplies our needs has changed yet again. Our Apostle Paul tells us:

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we have commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing” (I Thes. 4:11,12).

Once more we see that the means by which God provides His people with the necessities of life has changed. Today a Christian’s needs are met by God as he goes about “working with his hands the thing which is good” (Eph. 4:28).

And so we are reminded anew that while God Himself never changes, the way in which He deals with men has changed dispensationally throughout the ages.


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10 thoughts on “Lack Of Nothing

    1. You got it!? Yay. I love mine. It’s helping me bring the people in His Word to life, especially in the “Old Testament”. Thanks for sharing! ❤

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  1. “….he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack…”This verse is what makes many Christians believe we must open our country to all TODAY, regardless of ANYTHING, open our pocketbooks, etc. I like that this pastor explains that God helps at different times in different ways! I do believe the existence of manna in our lives often does last for a day…in the way that we get unusual courage right before a surgery, for example, or feel calm in the wake of unsettling personal situations,right? I like to think of that as our Manna today…it lasts while we need it….
    Music to my ears : “That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing” Yes, that is TODAY, how God deals with these things…TODAY we do what we can to support our families, our communities….make sure WE can survive without going on welfare, depending on others, etc., YET, we walk honestly toward they who we can help!

    I loved this, Sparky…thanks SO much. I would like to hear your reaction to what I’ve said… agree, or? I know a LOT of Christians who still feel that even if we’re driven to the poorhouse, we’ve done what Jesus would have done. I don’t see that working in today’s world. I could be wrong. I hope not because that’s a house I’d hate to live in! XXX God bless! Z

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    1. Agree. What you have said is straight from God’s Word. Also, somewhere in the Scriptures is states we are to take pride in our Nation (whatever Nation one lives in). It’s the Tower of Babbel type of thing. God put that between us for His own purpose. We’re supposed to be divided by race, language, culture, etc. so we won’t be polluted by those who do not believe in nor follow Christ. That’s my Two Cents. 🙂
      I am dealing with a dying MIL. Please forgive my delays in any responses. She has Bladder Fistula and can’t be ‘fixed’. We’re trying to get her moved from Tennessee to here in Georgia as smoothly as possible. It’s wearing us both slap out. lol Anyway, God is guiding us and I am very grateful for His love and wisdom. ❤

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  2. Jesus also said “There will always be poor amongst you.” I wish that wasn’t true, but He knows better, and WHY, and the eternal consequences on them and us, yes?

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  3. “There will always be poor amongst you.”
    There will always be those who will be spiritually poor among us.
    But even the poor can have their daily needs met, and not rely on wealth.
    Thus, the weak shall be made strong, the last be made first.

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