Tuesday, January 19

The Lord needs it

Scripture: Genesis 37-38, Psalm 9, Luke 19

Luke 19:31–34 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”


To prepare for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (a prophetic act), Jesus sent two disciples ahead to retrieve a colt (fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9; see Matthew 21:4-5).  When the owners of the colt asked what they were doing, Jesus told them to say, “The Lord needs it” and they would let the colt go.  This may have been a prearranged password.  Or it may simply be that Jesus needed to borrow the colt, and if the Lord needs, that’s enough.  They gave it up.

Here’s an oxymoron: How can the God who owns everything need anything?  

God chooses to partner with human beings, and rather than taking what is ours (and His) without asking, He asks our permission to use what we consider ours for His purposes.


What do I have that God may want to use for His purposes?  It’s all His anyway, but He may ask for something that I consider mine.  “The Lord needs it.”

It could be my money, my time, my attention, my stuff, my affection, my life.  Whatever it is, when I hear, “The Lord needs it,” I want to offer up whatever He asks.  

As I enter this new season of my life, I’m listening for the Lord’s voice to lead me.  I expect Him to name some things that He wants, to say, “The Lord needs it.”  I want to be attentive and responsive.  My life and all I have belongs to Him and are at His disposal.  It’s all currency in His hands to be used as He wants.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hear and follow Your leading.  And when you say, “The Lord needs it,” I want to be ready to say Yes!