(Philippians 4:19) – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

If God has promised to provide each and every one of our needs why do we still encounter frustration?  Why are we still lacking some of the very things we know we need and have prayed for? Out of frustration we may have tried to meet the need ourselves, or questioned God as to why He hasn’t responded.  We may have felt unfaithful and thought God did not hear us because of this weakness. We then thought maybe we are not praying right or doing enough to please God.  We know deep inside, only God can fill our needs which further frustrate matters and reveal our complete lack of control.

We cannot successfully meet our own needs or compel God to comply with our personal desires, time schedule, or concepts of how the unmet needs should be accomplished.  So what are we to do? Here’s some good news, where we are exactly in the position God wants us to be in.  No, God does not enjoy our pain or take delight in seeing us suffering or being confused.  He is a God of infinite love, gentleness, and compassion.  Nothing He does (or does not do) comes from spite.

His purpose in allowing a delay to meet our needs is to strengthen our faith and reliance on Him. Quite frankly it is to get rid of our self-sufficiency.  In a very real sense our unmet need is a form of trial and temptation.  It’s a trial because it tempts us to turn away from God and meet our own needs in our own way. So what are we to do when our prayers are delayed and the pressure to give up increases?

This might sound trite and simple, but we must keep our eyes on the Lord and follow Him, no matter what, knowing that the testing of our faith leads to perseverance, which works to make us “perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4).

Keep trusting God and anxiety will eventually disappear and all our needs will eventually be met.  When we take our concerns to God we can be confident that He always has our best interest at heart.  Only He has the power and the wisdom to take care of each and every one of our needs.

God wants to bless us and meet all of our needs.  Some people feel that in order to be spiritual, they have to be poor.  Others think that if we are spiritual, we will become rich.  Both of these ways of thinking are extremes.  The promises of God are for every need to be met and for us as individuals to be blessed and prosper in the Lord.  Look, some of you have been entrusted with great resources to serve the Lord; however, the Bible also contains many suggestions regarding poverty, riches, giving, prosperity, and abundance.

The one thing that is certain is that our loving Father knows exactly what we need at exactly the right moment.  He will never leave you or let you down.  I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken.  Nor his descendants begging bread…” (Ps. 37:25).

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