Tuesday, December 14, 2010

overwhelmed with need

Do you ever get overwhelmed?  I do.  This week is one of those times.  It is not really a bad thing, yet around us during this Christmas season we are hearing many people who have needs.  Families who don't have enough to provide for their kids.  A mom who is about to lose her home.  Another couple has been laid off of work.  And the list goes on to reveal needs.

I honestly want to meet them all, but we have only a few ways to meet needs and to help.  What do you do when your resources have dried up?  You begin to beg.  This is a good begging.

God has taught us, his kids, to trust Him and to ask Him for what we need.  Verse after verse tells us not just to trust God but to expect God to move and respond and to touch situations.  We can beg God for what we need.  He has endless resources, and God also knows our needs.

Try this:

..."Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 'A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.' 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, 'Don't bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can't help you.' 8 But I tell you this—though he won't do it for friendship's sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

 9 "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

 11 "You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."

That man went to his friend's house to ask for bread for another friend.  Think about this: God wants to meet needs.  Right?  God has the resources.  Right?  Why can't we beg God for resources so we can help others?

When I am overwhelmed with need, I beg God.  You can too.

From my study through Nehemiah I saw God meet the needs of His people and go far beyond what this servant asked for.  We can trust God to provide.  Next time you find yourself overwhelmed with need, yours or someone elses, beg God and watch God work!

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