The Father Knows Your Needs
Posted: Wednesday, December 17
Verse of the day:
O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. (Proverbs 30:7-8)
This time of year can do a real number on bank account. Between Christmas presents to buy, Christmas pictures and cards to send out, new clothes to wear in the pictures, parties to host and make food for, and worthwhile charities to support- there is always a reason for the bank balance to keep working its way toward zero! When we are feeling the pinch already financially I don’t think for too many of us our natural inclination is to pray against riches coming our way! The author of this particular proverb does that very thing though! He has seen the danger that can come from living in both the extremes of poverty and wealth so he begs for the Lord to give him neither of those things, but to only supply his needs.
We could all benefit from living a life with that sort of contentment in our heart. We could then be set free from the burden of always desiring to have “more” and learn to appreciate what we have already been blessed with. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” Wherever you may find yourself financially this year ask God for a heart of contentment and trust Him to provide for all your needs. Remember Jesus words in Matthew 6:31-33, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”