We live in a world of Alexa, Amazon Prime, and online dating – a world where instant gratification is seemingly just a click or swipe away. Yet, our needs are never ending. We need more food, more sleep, more friends, more dates, more encouragement, more time, more money, and more help. The list could go on and on.
And so, when we consider spiritual things, our natural inclination is to ponder: Do I need this? Do I really need God?
Paul, a former persecutor of Christians and writer of the New Testament, boldly shares, “My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
Ironically, Paul was in prison when he wrote that statement to the church in Philippi. It sure didn’t seem like this God of his was really meeting all of his needs. In fact, as we dig deeper into Paul’s life, we learn that he was the “Pulitzer-prize winning Harvard grad of his day” prior to following Jesus. But after he became a follower, he was imprisoned (twice), he incurred much physical pain, and he was shipwrecked in a deadly storm. Oh, and did I mention he was single?
How could Paul confidently say that God satisfied his every need? Maybe that is the question you have:
How could God really meet all of my needs?
It is that question which keeps us prescribing physical needs for spiritual ailments. We turn to exercise, friendships, food, you name it, to fill the emptiness in our hearts. We pour ourselves into our work, our significant others, our golf games, and our Fitbits. Maybe those things or those people will satisfy the craving. We are constantly craving yet persistently prescribing the wrong meds.
But it is our unsatisfied needs that draw us back to God. The craving just will not go away. The pain is too tough to endure. In Instagram terms, #thestruggleisreal. And in God’s timing, we take our first step towards Him. We may not be convinced of His “inventory of needs,” but everything else ceases to satisfy.
So, we might as well give Him a try.