Life has so many needs and I doubt there are many who will admit to not needing anything. But if we are honest do we actually know what we really need, not want but have to have for the life we long for? Needs are an automatic built-in from the days of our beginning. Babies need to be fed if they are to live, we must have a roof over our heads if we are going to stay dry and of course, we must have money with which to obtain the many necessities of life if we are to exist from one day to the next. But do we ever stop in our busy days to consider what is really important for our day to day existence? It really doesn’t take long for us to realize that there is something, intangible at first, that is necessary for us to feel fulfilled. Is it something that will just appear when the time is right or is it something we have to search for until we finally realize it has always been available to us? Matthew told the people of his day For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (6:8).
However, as most of us will learn over time people like to be needed. It makes them feel good. Do you think it is any different for our Creator? He not only wants to be loved by us, but He also wants to be needed and if we have any sense at all we are aware of the fact that we are not adequate for all the situations we encounter in this life. We need a Father who can help us in our time of need.
Today’s world is considerably different than it was in the time of Jesus. Luke tells us in the book of Acts that nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they were distributed to each as anyone had need (4:34-35). In today’s world we are more likely to agree with Paul who told us that my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). However there are still things that need to be addressed to truly understand Paul’s statement and we find that answer in the book of Hebrews – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (4:16).
Can you imagine how different our world could be if we were truly a generous people. And before you start to argue with me think about the ways in which we can be generous even when we are without funds. Encouragement always helps people in need, but so does the knowledge that we have a God who does care and there are many who simply do not understand the blessing that we, as believers, have. Will sharing what we know be of any real and valuable help? Of course it will, especially if we help those in need to understand that there is a throne of grace that welcomes them in their time of need.
We are so busy these days trying to fill our hours with the things we, as individuals, need that, face it, we forget to involve ourselves in the things that would please our Lord and Saviour. If our time, as many of us believe, is getting shorter maybe we better start considering the time that we have left in which to accomplish our Lord’s work. Can we afford to continue putting off until tomorrow? I am not at all sure that has not ceased to be an option. Maybe we should simply ask our Father what He would have us do!
We kneel, how weak! we rise, how full of power! Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others – that we are not always strong – That we are sometimes overborne with care -
That we should ever weak or heartless be, Anxious or troubled – when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee? - Richard C. Trench