Can God Really Meet Your Needs?
What is your need today? Do you need healing whether it’s spiritually, physically, mentally, relationally, or financially or a combination of some or all of these? It’s okay to say yes.
Every single one of us has a need for healing in one area of our life. Every. Single. Person. If someone denies it, they’re lying.
We all have needs throughout life.
And the Word of God tells us that all of our needs are met in Christ Jesus.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Read that again. All of our needs are met in Jesus. ALL means ALL no matter what language you speak. If we are legitimate children of God, we all have rights to Jesus Christ’s glorious riches.
But are we tapping into those glorious riches to meet all our needs?
I know I’m not tapping into those riches right now. But I’m on a mission to turn that around. I recently read something that made me think about this on a much deeper level than I ever have before. I’ll share this excerpt with you. It’s from a book called “Rees Howells, Intercessor” by Norman Grubb.
I’ll set the scene. Rees Howells was a man who gave his life to God. And God was grooming him and using him as an intercessor for others. God was purging the flesh out of Rees day-by-day. In this particular passage, God was working on Rees’ dependency on his savings accounts instead of depending upon God for all things. So God told Rees that he was to meet all needs shown him with his own funds until he came to the end of himself.
Here is what I want to share (and keep in mind this is set in Wales in the early 1900’s so they are on a different monetary system than those of us in the United States, using pounds instead of dollars):
The day came when he reached his last pound.
The Holy Spirit then told him, “Cut the ropes and take the promises.” It was a direct call to step out on God.
But it is always easier to talk of such things than actually do them. It had been much easier to give one hundred pounds out of plenty than to part with this last pound and come to the end of his savings – for the first time in fifteen years.
“Oh, how the devil pitied me and brought such arguments! He told me it would be a step in the dark and that if there was a convention or anything of that kind, I wouldn’t be able to go unless I had one pound laid by. But the Holy Spirit showed me that if God wanted me to go anywhere, He would surely provide the means. The danger was on the other side: for if a person has money, he can go without consulting God – like Jonah, who could afford to pay his passage to run away from Him! The fact is, we can never really be bondservants until God does control our means.”
So Rees took the plunge and learned the blessed truth that his extremity was indeed God’s opportunity. His eyes were opened to the fact that he had a claim on God for what he could not supply himself. Just as surely as the Spirit had told him that the people of the village had a claim on his money to meet their needs, so now he saw that he had a claim on God’s resources to meet his.
The first week his need was for two pounds, and he was able to tell the Lord in his prayer that he would not have come to Him if he had had it himself.
“I was only asking the Lord to do what I would have done if I had had the money; and it was for His work. It came and what joy I had in finding that I had finished with the limited resources of man and begun on the unlimited resources of God! The promises of God had replaced money in the bank and become equal to current coin to me. I no longer had to carry my treasure with me wherever I went because I knew where the treasury was, and how to reach it!”
I hope these words hit you as squarely as they hit me.
It’s a challenge from God that few of us take.
We get so stuck in our own efforts – our own limited resources – and we often (or always) forget that God has unlimited resources. We truly need to come to the end of ourselves in all areas of our lives for God to be able to show us how magnificent He is.
Why do we think that God can’t pay our overdue water bill? Is it too hard to think that He cannot repair that broken relationship with our child? What about our marriage? Do we believe He is able to make it new again?
Do you believe God for the small things but not the big things? Or you may believe Him for the big things but not the small things?
I must admit I find myself trying to work things out in my own effort instead of putting ALL my trust in God to work them out for me.
Our God is able to do ALL things. When I manipulate and twist things to work in my own effort, I am actually robbing God of the opportunity to show me His goodness. Ouch! That hurts. Maybe it’s unintentional but we’re telling God, “No thanks, I can handle this problem better on my own.”
We’re telling God that we do not need Him.
We are telling our Creator that His very own creation does not need Him. And we do this all the time until we reach the point of total despair in a problem so big that it is beyond our ability to fix. I have to wonder if God allows us to reach that point so that we have to turn to Him.
My heart hurts right now for all the times we hurt His heart!
How can we turn this around and start letting God be God?
First we need to know who He is. We need to know God as the Creator of the Universe. He is he Maker of all things – seen and unseen. He is the beginning and the end – the beginning of us and the end of us.
We need to understand our total dependency on Him for our very next breath.
Without Him, we are nothing.
When we start focusing on God as the Great Almighty Sovereign God of the Universe, maybe, just maybe, we will start believing He is able to meet ALL our needs through His Son Jesus Christ.
Let’s start reading His Word today looking for His goodness. When we sow His goodness in our hearts, we’ll start reaping it in our lives. But the only way to turn this around in our lives is through the Word which is Jesus Christ. He is the only way to bring true transformation in all areas of our life – spiritually, physically, mentally, relationally, and financially.
Let God be God today. He is able and He is willing!
A note about comments:
I hope this word resonates in your heart as it does in mine. I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think about this word. If it changes your view on how you see God, I’d love to know. Thanks for the comments and thanks for sharing this site with others. We should all have the goal of sharing Jesus with others. Let’s share today.
Stay in the Light and Love always,