A group of men gather at the local IGA Food Store for coffee each morning. One of the regulars, my good friend Ken Shewmaker, came in sometime ago with his young granddaughter. Her visits are always a special time for “Shoe” and his wife. His granddaughter was riding in the grocery cart as he picked up a few items for home. As he started down the checkout aisle, he remembered something he had forgotten a few steps away. With his granddaughter in sight, he stepped away from cart momentarily while he picked up the needed item. The candy, mints, and other ‘child magnets’ that always line the checkout lanes were just out of her reach.
Her sweet little voice could be heard calling out, “Grandpa, I need you.” Then for emphasis she repeated her plea a little louder, “Grandpa, I need you!” She had learned at an early age that her tenderhearted grandpa would respond and perhaps give her what she wanted. Shoe would do everything in his power to give her anything she really needed. And, like many other grandfathers, he also supplied her with many things that may not be true needs, but were simply wants.
The kingdom of heaven is like Shoe and his granddaughter. Our tenderhearted heavenly Father has done everything in His power to give us what we really need. The Scripture says,” But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). However, we must keep in mind the vast difference between wants and needs. The Book of James provides insight into the matter. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasures” (James 4:3, NKJ). God will supply our needs, not wants; but occasionally He gives us a “a candy bar” for good measure.
The Psalmist declares, “Oh how great is Thy goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You; which You have prepared for those who trust in You” (Psalm 31:19, NKJ). It’s a blessed assurance to know, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11b, NKJ). In over a half a century of walking with the Lord, I testify to the fact that when I have cried out in real need, “Father, I need you”, He has responded to my cry. He has always been there to supply my need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.
Are you in a right relationship with the heavenly Father? If you find yourself in great need, do you have the assurance that there is nothing between you and Him that would hinder His coming to you assistance? He is only a prayer away.
~ Brother Roy