This Thankful Thursday we continue our look into the five ways to be thankful, usingÂ Hebrews 12:28Â as the central verse. Today, we look to being thankful to God, for meeting our needs. What are your needs?
Things looked dismal for the children of George Muller’s orphanage at Ashley Downs in England. It was time for breakfast and there was no food. A small girl, whose father was a close friend of Muller was visiting in the home. Muller took her hand and said, ”Come and see what our Father will do.” In the dining room, set upon long tables were empty plates and empty mugs. Not only was there no food in the kitchen, but there was no money in the home’s account. Muller prayed, ”Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou are going to give us to eat.”Â Immediately, they heard a knock at the door. When they opened it, there stood the local baker. ”Mr. Muller,” he said, ”I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you had no bread for breakfast, so I got up at 2 AM and baked fresh bread. Here it is.” Muller thanked him and gave praise to God. Soon, a second knock was heard. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. He said he would like to give the children the milk so he could empty the cart and repair it. Sometimes God meets our needs dramatically.
We most often think about needs in the terms of basic needs and although they are a central part of what we certainly should be thankful for and recognize with great reverence, there is more to meeting our needs. This is not to discount these very necessary and for some, overwhelming life needs. But for many of you reading this, the basic needs of life are not what overwhelm your life, yet they are equally important.
So as I pondered deeper on this week’s writing and thought about my current needs, I realize that God is a bit more specific to our individual needs, than the necessary basic four. Each of us have different challenges equating to different needs depending on God’s will for our life. For example, the very thing I needed most this week is time. My schedule was tight, racing from one community volunteer position to another, between my normal duties of life. I prayed this week for God to help me focus on each task and not the overwhelming mass of them all; to help me achieve clear organization and calmness to just get from one to another. I can proudlyÂ report that once again, God has provided, He met my needs and I am very thankful. He provided additional volunteers that graciously offered to take some of my burden by handling different things. He helped by putting me in places, where I have thought only of the task at hand, so the week of events didn’t overwhelm me, He has provided me extra time somehow, because I am able to take the time to write this, which concerned me earlier this week. God has met my needs. The key to getting your needs met by God is allowing Him to solve them first and not last.
Being thankful in all circumstances is what the Apostle Paul tells us that we should be, for it is God’s will for us who believe and belong in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ”“ 18) Prayer and thanksgiving should never stop, for any of us; it must be a first priority and never a last resort. You may think you are handling your own needs though self-sufficiency, but when you look far beyond food, water, shelter, and clothing, you see that you have many needs that are specific to you. Prayer works hand in hand with faith, both must resort in and with thanksgiving. You must first solve your needs though prayer. Never stop praying for your needs to be met, even if you feel things are in control. Once all is lost, God can certainly help you get through, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have God on the potential issue before it is a problem? Isn’t it better that God helps you on the front-end rather than just seeing you through the back-end of your mistakes and mishaps? Thanksgiving followed with prayer is the most powerful resource you have on earth. Shouldn’t you use every resource you have available in life?
When your clothes are dirty, do you look for the nearest washing machine rather than hauling them in a basket down to the creek to beat on the rocks? The time-saving and efficient invention of the washing machine is a great resource for washing clothes. Shouldn’t you use the best resources you have, to wash the clothes? Then why would you try to wash the dirt out of your life using the poor attempts of self-sufficiency? Thanksgiving with prayer is the answer; it is the most powerful resource you have available and it is the resource that will help get your needs met.
Since everything God created is good, we must receive it with thanks. For it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:4-5) You should never be afraid of prayer (Are You Afraid to Pray) because it is through prayer and thanksgiving that your individual specific needs are truly met. God meets your needs and you should be eternally thankful for all of them.Â In the words of William Culbertson III, ”Keep praying but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers! You may not get what you want, but you can rest assure that God will provide what you need, for His will to be done.
Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well-worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon clear to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, ”Brother, the grass grows on your path.”Â (Moody Bible Institute, 1992)Don’t let the grass grow on your path, be faithful to God with thanksgiving and prayer. Click To Tweet
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Credits Moody Bible Institute. (1992, June 29). Today's Devotion. Today in the Word.
What needs has God met for you? How are you thankful for them?Â
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