Our Needs Are Met
Charles F. Stanley
Maybe not every one can identify with
Moses bowing before the burning bush. But
of us understand the feeling of total
inadequacy that swept over him once he realized
the magnitude of Gods plan for his life.
The Lord chose him to lead Israel out of Egyptian
bondage. And while Moses had been raised in a
household where plotting military strategies was
a part of common conversation, nothing he had
heard or learned prepared
him for what the Lord was calling him
to do. Only God could meet his need. And this was
exactly what the Lord had in mind when He assured
Moses by saying: "Certainly I will be with
you" (Exodus 3:12a).
If you find it
hard to compare your life to the life of Moses,
consider the disciples and the grief and fear
they experienced after Jesus death. For
three years, they had been
at the Lords side. They had
learned the unfaltering dynamics of Gods
truth and witnessed miracle after miracle, but
nothing they had seen or experienced prepared
them for the loneliness and overwhelming sense of
loss they faced immediately following the
crucifixion. Questions filled their minds as they
wondered what would become of them and the
work they had been trained to do.
Only God could
meet their needs. And this is exactly what the
Lord had in mind when He told His disciples:
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe
in God, believe also in Me.
. . . I go to prepare a place for you.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you to Myself, that where I am,
there you may be also" (John 14:1-3). Verse
18 provides tremendous assurance: "I will
not leave you as orphans; I will come to
your greatest need? Is it a need for
wisdom, love, security, hope, or
acceptance? Or is there a form of bondage in your
life that you have struggled to lay aside, and
after months or years of trying, you feel like
giving up? God does not want you to feel
hopeless. Your need, no matter how great it
seems, is not greater than almighty Gods
ability to provide. His strength is yours and
He will provide for the need you
brings healing when we seek Him. It may not
always come the way we imagine, but the healing
He brings leads to eternal joy and rest. God
restores the brokenhearted. He lifts
up and frees those who are enslaved to
sin so that they may walk in newness of life.
Paul was a noted scholar and capable man. Yet he
discovered that his greatest weakness was the
very point of Christs greatest strength.
(Philippians 4:11-19) Moses inadequacy was
just the right atmosphere for God to work
times we think that in order for God to
work in our lives, we must find a way to help
Him. While God allows us to be involved in the
process of having our needs met, His greatest
desire is for us to learn to turn to Him first
for the solution and not to ourselves.
We All Have
created us with certain needs that only He can
meet. This is why
Paul could easily write: "My God
will supply all your needs according to His
riches in glory in Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 4:19). He knew God would meet every
need. But what about the times we suffer and feel
disappointed, left out, and alone? What does God
have in mind when He allows us to have needs that
Matheson provides insight: "A long-deferred
fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for
hope, to see no glimmer
of a prospect and yet refuse to
despair; to have nothing but night before the
casement and yet to keep the casement open for
possible stars; to have a vacant place in my
heart and yet to allow that place to be filled by
no inferior presencethat is the grandest
patience in the universe. It is Job in the
tempest; it is Abraham on the road to Moriah; it
Moses in the desert of Midian; it is
the Son of Man in the Garden of
Like us, Jesus
had needs. He experienced hunger and loneliness.
He cried at Lazarus tomb, not because He
was weak or in despair, but because someone He
loved dearly had suffered and died. He knew what
it was like to love and have His love rejected.
He came to earth to save us from sin, but He also
came so that we might
know He understands the needs we
need that man has is a need for God. No matter
how many times secular man denies it, there is a
void in the life of the unbeliever that cries out
to be filled with his Creator.
When we try to meet our needs apart
from God, peace is fleeting. Nothing we can do on
our own can satisfy the deeper longings of the
heart. We can purchase many things, but we
cant buy eternal peace. Only God can
Usually the needs we have fall into one of three
categories: a need for belonging, worthiness, or
competence. From the worlds perspective
each of these can be satisfied apart from
God. However, from Gods
perspective there is only one way for these needs
to be met, and that is through faith in Jesus
God created you with
a need to feel like you belong to
someone or something greater than yourself.
However, we often try to
meet this need on
our own by searching to find that
perfect person who will meet all our needs. No
one can do what only God can do. And none of us
can meet all the needs of a mate, friend, or
parent. Insecurities vanish when our security and
need to belong is in Jesus Christ. The same is
it comes to gaining a sense of
worthiness and competence. We are worthy not
because of what we have accomplished but because
of who has taken hold of our lives. It is God who
gives us competence and the ability to live,
work, and raise our families.
However, many people
fail to understand that there is a process we
must follow if we are going to have our needs met
The first step in dealing with a
need is to acknowledge that the need exists.
Never be afraid to talk
with God about the problem you face. If you are
lonely or fearful, He wants to hear about
your struggle. First you must trust
Him, and one of the truest signs of faith is a
humble heart that seeks God through prayer.
This may mean putting aside
your personal desires so that God can provide for
you. When Solomon took over his fathers
throne, God appeared
to him in a dream and said, "Ask
for whatever you want me to give you" (1
Kings 3:5 niv). Solomon asked for "a
to . . . distinguish between right and
wrong" (v. 9). In Proverbs God says, "I
love those who love me; and those who diligently
seek me will find me" (Proverbs 8:17).
Claim His promises.
Take time to study
Gods Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your
heart and mind to His truth so that you
will know and understand Gods will
concerning your need. (Psalm 55:1)
Be willing to wait
for Gods best.
Perhaps you have been
seeking God concerning one particular answer. But
even after several months or even years,
God has not answered your prayers. Has
He forgotten you? No. God loves you with an
eternal love. He has a plan for your life that
includes His best for you. Answering your prayer
may be something that He does only when He knows
it will bring the greatest blessing into your
He wants us to
be willing to wait for His best: for that right
person to marry, for the perfect home that only
the Lord can provide, or for the right job that
will tap into our talent while challenging us to
an even greater potential. The psalmist wrote,
"I would have despaired unless I had
believed that I would see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart
take courage; yes, wait for the Lord" (Psalm
Thank the Lord in advance for
meeting your needs.
thankful heart is an indication that you are
trusting God. When you praise Him even before the
you are acknowledging your faith and
total dependency on Him and Him alone.
have tried many of the above steps, you may
wonder why your needs are still unmet. There are
several reasons why God does not meet our needs
immediately.He may be waiting
for us to relinquish control of our lives.
We may be wanting to live
life "our way."
This is a primary reason God does not
meet many of the needs we have. We fail to seek
His wisdom and instead jump ahead of His plan.
Any time this happens, we risk having that need
never failed to meet the needs we have. However,
He can only do what we allow Him to do. He has
given us a limited free will. This means that we
can choose not to obey Him and go in another
direction. Sometimes the issue may not be one of
but of spiritual laziness. God wants us
to bring our needs to Him. When we fail to do
this, we miss a great blessing. God cautioned the
nation of Israel not to "walk by the light
of their own fires." (see Isaiah 50:10-11)
If they disobeyed, He promised they would lay
down in sorrow and extreme disappointment.
(Isaiah v. 11)
Another reason God
does not meet our needs immediately is
because we reject His methods.
We may not always
understand why He has chosen to lead us along a
certain path. From our perspective, the way
before us may look dark and even confusing. But
from Gods vantage point, it is perfectly
engineered to meet every need we have. Therefore,
must trust Him as David did when he
wrote: "Even though I walk though the valley
of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You
are with me" (Psalm 23:4).
God cannot meet our needs until
we are willing to deal with actual problems and
not just the symptoms.
are struggling with feelings of rejection or
anxiety, these may not be root problems. The
deeper need has to do
with your sense of belonging. The key
to a healthy self-esteem is not learning how to
cope with the needs you face but discovering the
Source of your needs, which is Jesus Christ.
Unconfessed sin is the biggest
reason our needs go unmet.
blocks Gods flow of grace in our lives.
There is never a time when He fails to
love us. But He cannot bless disobedience. If
there is sin in your life, confess it to Him and
receive His forgiveness and restoration.
An unforgiving spirit
hinders our needs from being met.
The one attitude that can
absolutely block Gods
goodness is an unforgiving heart. When
we refuse to forgive those who have hurt us, we
erect walls around our lives. Some good may get
in through the tangled weeds of bitterness and
resentment, but it is quickly
choked out. For those who have hurt
you, this was Jesus command: Forgive as you
have been forgiven. Remember, when you forgive
another, you are not saying that what he has done
was right, you are simply freeing yourself from
the bondage of unforgiveness so that God can
bring healing and hope to your life, and He will
deal with the sin of another.
Doubt also blocks Gods
ability to meet our needs.
asked Peter, "Why did you doubt?" The
disciple had seen the Lord walking on the surface
of the Sea of Galilee and immediately wanted to
walk out to meet His Lord. But the
stormy sea caught His attention and his
focus shifted from Gods mighty ability to
his own weakness; Peter began to sink. Oswald
Chambers says, "When God gives you a vision,
transact business on that line no matter what it
When we seek to have
our needs met, but our motives are
wrong, God must first deal with the attitude of
Manipulation, deceit, and
selfish desire are
chief enemies to our needs being met in
the proper way. If our motives for asking God to
meet our needs are not God-fashioned, then
chances are they will go unmet until we submit to
His plan and design. Jesus
instructed His disciples to "seek
first the kingdom of God" and all their
other needs would be answered. Are you sure that
the need within your life is God-driven, or is it
Needs go unmet when we fail to
ask God to deliver us.
have a way of going through the storms of life
with a self-determined demeanor. They are
determined to "praise the Lord no matter
what the opposition is." The Bible tells us
that "Jesus wept." The Son of God had a
need, and He knew how to be weak and allow His
Father to do what no man could
do for Him. Are you determined to be
strong in your own strength or are you relying on
God to meet your needs as you make them known to
Him? The Father loves to hold His children, and
nothing makes Him happier
than to have you come to Him in loving
Many people do
not know how to talk to the Lord about the needs
they have. They may feel overwhelmed, or
emotionally frozen inside and dont know how
to express themselves. God is not interested in
the way you come to Him. He is not going to keep
a progress report of your prayers. The most
important thing to Him is that you come. It is a
heart issue. When you turn to Him, He bends over
to listen to your softest heartfelt whisper. He
is that close all the
Ask Him to
help you discern between a real need and a
desire. All desires are not bad or self-centered.
The Bible tells us that He gives us the desires
of our hearts. When we are focused
on His will for our lives we will have
a natural inclination toward the things that
please God. Desires come and many times they are
the doorways to tremendous blessing.
Needs are God-given
opportunities. They allow
the Lord to work in a mighty way while
proving His faithfulness to us.
You may not understand
all the needs of your heart. Some you may have
met in illegitimate ways, and you wonder if God
will forgive you and restore the hope you once
had. The answer is yes! He is the God of second
chances. Bring your needs to Him, and He
will meet each one perfectly and
completely so that your heart is filled to
overflowing with His love and grace.
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