A God Who Gives Us What We Need
A charge is often leveled against God: “He doesn’t know (or doesn’t care about) what I need.” Jesus addressed that during the Sermon on the Mount. He said to the crowd (my paraphrase of Matthew 6:28-34), “You wonder if God knows or cares that you need food, clothes, drink, and other necessities. God is aware of what you think you need and knows what you truly need.” God wants to meet our physical needs but has a greater desire to meet our spiritual needs.
There were two events this past week that caused me to think harder about what God truly wants to give us. The first was something close to home, literally! With the recent storms, our family (like many others) experienced flooding in the basement. The effects of the damage are bothersome, become a nuisance, even fray your nerves yet can be cleaned up, tossed out, and replaced. The other event was a phone call. A family from church suffered the death of a loved one — a man who was both a father and grandfather. Theirs was a loss that could not be cleaned up or replaced. While quite different, both situations represent needs, both turn emotions topsy-turvy, both can leave us wondering if God knows or cares about our needs.
There is a wonderful passage in the book of Isaiah that gives us a glimpse into what God truly wants to give us. At the beginning of chapter 40, we meet a God who tenderly speaks to His people, longing to give them comfort. That desire is accomplished through reminders of what He has said and what He can do. Verse 8 states that “the word of our God stands forever.” We can rely on every truth that the Lord has uttered and every promise He has made. It is a true anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19). Verses 11 and 31 help us see what God can do — give us a tender hug or bestow sufficient strength. God gives us what we need because He gives us Himself. It is all about Him!
Lord, help us to see beyond our circumstances so we can see you as you really are!
by Tim Bruns, Pastor of Children’s Ministries