BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Scripture Reference – John 19:28
According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most basic needs are physiological needs. He identiﬁed our physiological needs as air, water, food, clothing and shelter. It is not just about physiological needs but the quality in which they are met. The value is in having fresh air, clean water, healthy foods, appropriate clothing and adequate shelter.
In addition to the physical needs that Maslow listed, exercise and check-ups are also essential to our physical existence. Until our physical needs are met, we are unable to manifest some of the higher-level needs such as self-esteem and self-actualization.
Our God knows what we need before we ask for it. God is Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees and provides for all of our needs. It is against the nature and character of God to see a need and not meet it. We can stand on the word, “My God shall supply all of my needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).” We can always aﬃrm the truth, “All of my needs are met in full and on time.”
Despite the complexities of the cross, Jesus Christ was in touch with his own physical needs. Not only was he conscious of his need for water but he was not afraid to speak his needs aloud by saying, “I thirst.” Like Jesus Christ, it is important that we are in touch with and articulate what our needs are, no matter what.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.