Here’s a lesson in Economics. Economics is “the study of scarce resources and unlimited wants”. Ergo, the resources around us, food, clothing, money, and other material things are finite and get used up. However, we always need food as long as we live, our needs are infinite and need to be replenished after being satisfied.
But let’s look at nature as God designed it. A seed is a very tiny thing, but a tree grows out of it. Look at ourselves, we were once tiny beings within our mother’s womb, and have grown bigger and bigger. It seems that in nature, big things come from small ones. Instead of diminishing, our sizes increase, a tree takes on more and more leaves. Things of nature are not in themselves “scarce” in that they are expanding from little to more and more.
Let’s now go to the story of the fall of humankind. God cursed the ground, “Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (ESV). Adam, and all humanity toil to meet their needs because of the sin that became part of our nature from then on. This sin separated us from God and his provision.
But when Jesus came to the earth, He did the exact opposite of our fallen nature. Remember the feeding of the five thousand, turning water to wine, healing our disease, even forgiving our sins? Jesus meets our unlimited wants the way God designed them to be met. The extravagant blessings of the garden of Eden seemed forever lost: walking and talking with God, eating and never wanting, happiness, and so much more. In Jesus, it is all re-discovered, and He has demonstrated this! Jesus meets our unlimited wants, even more than the lost garden of Eden.