And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20
Need. What is it that you need? Not want. Not desire but need. There is a great difference. Sometimes I hear believer say all you need to do is have enough faith and God will make you wealthy or healthy or whatever you desire He will give it to you. If you don’t get it then it is a lack of faith on your part. What trouble me more is when I hear this from the pulpit. This would be great if it were true but I have looked and looked and I cannot find where the Bible tells me that if I ask I will be rich or all my ills will be cured. Oh, I can cherry pick verses that seem to say this but taken as a whole this is not what the Bible teaches.
In fact just the opposite, Jesus tells me I will be persecuted. I see Paul write about being without. Paul also writes about the thorn in his side that Christ will not remove. Now if Paul did not have enough faith to always have plenty and be healed, how can I have more faith than Paul?
What I do see is Jesus telling me that God will supply clothing, food and shelter. In fact that is more than Jesus had for He tells us that the Son of Man has no place to lay His head. How can I expect God to give me more than His own Son?
Too often we tend to confuse God with the man in the red suit and white beard who makes stops on Christmas. We are never told that He will satisfy our every desire, but if we allow Him He will change us so that we desire what God has planned for us. It is not that God does not want to give us our desires it is that He wants us to desire the good things He has for us.
Once we allow the Spirit to change us then we will see that our desires and our needs are one and the same.
Eleven years ago when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis my desire was that God heal me. I really wanted nothing more than that. God had other plans. He allowed me to go through the disease so that I would learn to depend not on my own self but on Him. He used the colitis to tear down my pride and in doing so bring me closer to Him. As I look back I don’t think I would be writing this today if it had not been for the trial of my colitis. Was I healed? No, but I am in remission. It was not what I desired, but it is what I needed.
Have a blessed day,