God Meets Your Needs
“If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11, NIV)
God made everything. Everything you see and everything you can’t see. Everything on Earth and in the universe beyond. God is the source of every good thing. And you can depend on him.
As you depend on God to be your source for everything, remember four truths.
Every good thing is a gift from God. You didn’t earn anything. It’s all a gift of God’s grace. If God didn’t want to give it, you wouldn’t have it.
The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17 NIV). That’s why the third phrase of the Lord’s Prayer starts with the word “give” -- “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11 ESV). Why? Because you can’t earn the things God gives you—they’re gifts from him.
There’s nothing you need that God can’t provide. You don’t know what you’ll need tomorrow or the rest of this year. But whatever it is, God has the power to supply it.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:19: “My God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (NET). “Glorious riches” means God is lavish with what he provides. He has unlimited resources.
God wants to give you everything you need. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV) It makes God happy to meet your every need.
God is waiting on you. If you have needs in your life that aren’t being met, it may be that God is waiting on you to ask! The problem isn’t that God doesn’t want to meet your need; the problem could be that you haven’t asked him to. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (NIV).
What or who have you been counting on to meet your needs? If it’s anything other than God, turn that around today. Trust God to be your source for everything.
Talk It Over
Where are you looking to have your needs met?
When you don’t ask God right away to meet a specific need, what’s your usual reason for waiting?
How can you become more aware of how God is meeting your needs and answering your prayers?
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