I Shall Not Want

The Lord is My Shepherd. I shall not want.

Ever desireless one can see mystery.

ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.

And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.

Dyer, Wayne W.. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life (p. 2). Hay House. Kindle Edition.

Ever desireless.

Desire means, according to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, “a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.” Or if used as a verb it means, “to strongly wish for or want for something.”

People do a lot of things out of desire or a sense of lack, a sense of something missing. On one hand they may steal, kill, cheat, lie, control, manipulate, and so forth. On the other, they may work hard, strive, try, reach for, set goals, etc. These later things are highly valued un Western society but in the striving we shut off the important avenue of allowing.

Now, if a person is desiring a thing to happen, that means it hasn’t happened yet. If you are desiring a person or a thing that means you don’t have that person or thing in the precise present moment.

Not desiring, wanting, feeling need or lack, allows you to really “see.” Being ever mindful of a “desire” limits a person to the present version of reality. It hampers the manifestation of Divine provision in that person’s life. By doggedly holding on to your own anticipated outcome, you are not open to allowing God’s amazing one to surprise you, to bring wonder and serendipity to your life.

You don’t have to have it all figured out!

If you go outside to feed your cat and your cat is already there, you don’t need to look for him or call him. He’s already there. To call for a pet to come in that is standing right in front of you is a strange thing to do. Jesus once told Thomas (I’m paraphrasing here), “You believe because you have seen, but it’s those who believe without seeing that are truly fortunate.”

Always allowing.

Allow, on the other hand, according to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, means to “give permission to do something” to “give the necessary time or opportunity for.”

Does this mean that you should never act in order to achieve an accomplishment? No. Of course not. I like the way Wayne Dyer sums it all up.

Let the world unfold without always attempting to figure it all out. Let relationships just be, for example, since everything is going to stretch out in Divine order. Don’t try so hard to make something work—simply allow. Don’t always toil at trying to understand your mate, your children, your parents, your boss, or anyone else, because the Tao is working at all times. When expectations are shattered, practice allowing that to be the way it is. Relax, let go, allow, and recognize that some of your desires are about how you think your world should be, rather than how it is in that moment. Become an astute observer . . . judge less and listen more. Take time to open your mind to the fascinating mystery and uncertainty that we all experience. Practice letting go of always naming and labeling.

Dyer, Wayne W.. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life (p. 5). Hay House. Kindle Edition.

Or in other words, let go and let God. Make your requests known to God, be grateful that all things are working out perfectly for your life, rejoice and go on about your day. The joy is in the journey, not in stressing out about the destination. 

The key is in letting go of the wanting and desiring and needing and sense of lack. There is NO LACK in the Kingdom of God, in the realm of the divine, in glory, in the Spirit Realm.

The Lord is my Shepherd.

I recently looked up every word of the 23rd Psalm in the original Hebrew. Wow, what a powerful message. I simply want to look at the first line of it here.

David wrote,

“The Lord (Jehovah, King of the Universe) is my shepherd (Provider who pastures me) I shall (absolutely, certainly) not want (DESIRE, wish for, lack, need.)

The way of heaven is a realm that you can’t see with your natural eyes. You can only see it through spiritual eyes. That is why Jesus told Nicodemus in the book of John, “…you must be born again.” He said that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit. You can’t see the wind, but you can hear it. You can see the effects of it.  (See John chapter 3 in the New Testament/Covenant) 

Instead of forcing, allow.

Allow inspired thoughts to come to you and then follow them with joy, trusting that all things are working out for you, that God has your back.

Do it without trying to force your own ideas of the perfect outcome. (Proverbs 14:12)

Do it without trying to make it happen on your timetable. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Do it without demanding that other people act like you want them to act. Pray for the eyes of their spiritual understanding to be opened (Ephesians 1: 18-19). Leave them to God. Work out your own path to completeness, wholeness (salvation) with respect, awe and wonder at the exceeding greatness of the mighty spiritual force that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond anything you could ever have imagined. Stand in awe at the beauty of Heaven’s unfolding plan. (Philippians 2:12-13 & Ephesians 3:20)

Do it without constantly trying to analyze and figure out everyone else’s issues.

Do it without blaming and shaming.

Do it without a need to prove anything, without ego.

Just allow the Lord to be your shepherd.


2 thoughts on “I Shall Not Want

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way. Writing is one of the ways in which I get to share my gifts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you.
      Darlene Franklin-Campbell on said:

      Thank you

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