Daily Delight

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

While Paul was imprisoned and had endured immense hardship and opposition from preaching the Gospel, he still remained steadfast and firm in the faith. He was confident in the promises and the unlimited supply of God, no matter what he was facing. In the midst of difficulty, in the middle of his great need, Paul knew that God was there, and he knew that God would still provide. Even though his circumstances looked hopeless, he persevered within. Paul learned to be so satisfied, so content in his circumstances, as he drew his strength from God.

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." -Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)

What do we do with an unmet need or unanswered prayer? Do we complain, grumble, or give up? I'm sure many of us have something we're praying, desiring, or believing for. Be encouraged, God has our best interest at heart. Scripture reminds us, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, NIV). Our unmet needs force us to examine ourselves, fervently pray, and trust and rely solely on God. It removes us from a place of self-sufficiency and into Christ-sufficiency. This place of need is precisely where we'll find God meeting us with open arms. Our needs remind us that only God can provide for us and fill our very deepest longings and desires. Our unmet needs should point us straight to our Savior.

By realigning our attitudes to be fixed on the promises of God, we turn our attention away from our unmet need and towards our need for God.
God is not holding on to our unmet need, waiting for us to say, "pretty please." He's teaching us through the process, and as we grow strong in Him, He reminds us that it is only through Him all of our deepest needs will be met. Let's start to look beyond our circumstances and needs and focus on the endless supply and resources of our Heavenly Father.

About the Author

Maneesha Grace Manuel

Maneesha is a 30-something writer and encourager. She has a passionate desire and joy to serve the Lord through her writing and by loving others. Her story proves that Jesus can completely change a life and make beauty from ashes. Maneesha's hope and prayer is to empower women through God's Word. Her joy of writing sprinkled with her love for Jesus isn't just a hobby, it's something she feels called to do.

You can find Maneesha's blog here and her Instagram here.


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