Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
The heavy rains continue. The flooding gets worse, and the winds howl. How much damage will Hurricane Sandy do? When the Nor’easter follows “Frankenstorm,” the nickname for Hurricane Sandy, will we really get snow?
If or when the power goes out, I wonder how I’ll do without my CPAP, a medical device that runs on electricity. Will the power go back on before I need the CPAP?
My birthday is Tuesday, October 30. Will I celebrate alone in the dark without phone service and with the downpour and howling winds to serenade me?
And yet, I must turn to Philippians 4:19 and believe God will meet my needs, not my wants, but my needs.
Do you struggle as I do to distinguish between needs and wants? In the midst of a crisis, do you believe God or doubt him? I’ve done both.
During difficult circumstances, I find it helps to remember and write down all the times God has met our needs. He brought me through cancer and four car accidents in seven years. He walked with me through the loss of my mother and my only child. He also walked with me through the loss of three prison ministry partners in one week. He met all my needs and used those heartaches for good in my life and the lives of others.
What memories do you have of God at your side during hard times?
Dear God, help me trust you to meet all my needs. Amen.
Application: When will you sit down this week and write about the times God has been faithful to you?
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