Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”
“Dad, can I have 10 dollars?” “Dad, can you help me with my math?” “Dad, what’s the capital of Alaska?” “Dad, why can’t we get another car?” “Dad, I didn’t make the basketball team.” The questions and requests and needs of our children seem endless. Whether they are in pre-school, grade school, junior high, high school, college, or married, they never stop needing help. Often we can provide the help they need, but sometimes we are unable to come up with the answer or the solution. As much as we would like to, we don’t have an answer or the resources for everything.
However, I know who does. When we turn to the Bible, God’s breathed Word, we find on every page the revelation, that God our Creator doescare, and has personal interest in His children. I know that God supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19), and He knows when our requests are genuine needs, or when He must redirect our thinking instead. Jesus Christ assured His disciples, that the very hairs of their heads are all numbered; meaning that God personally cares for all the minutest affairs of our lives and He cares for us as individuals. His love is as personal and individual, as the love of a mother for each one of her children. Paul took the love of Christ to himself—as if he were the only one Christ loved! “He loved me—and gave Himself up for me!” God’s love is personal. He cares for us, for me and for you! Whatever your need, your trial, your perplexity, your struggle may be, you may be sure that God knows and cares, and that when you come to Him with it, He will take time amid all His infinite affairs, to help you … as if He had nothing else in all the world to do!
God cares! His love for each one of His children is so deep, so personal, and so tender, that He has compassion on our every pain, every distress, and every struggle. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him” Psalm 103:13. God is our Father, and His care is gentler than a human father’s, as His love exceeds human love.
Henry Moorhouse, the 19th-century English evangelist, was feeling loaded down with the burdens of his ministry. Then the Lord gave him a tender reminder of His care. When he came home one day, his young daughter, Minnie, whose legs were paralyzed, was sitting in her wheelchair. He was going to take a package upstairs to his wife when his daughter asked if she could carry it. Moorhouse said, “Minnie dear, how can you possibly carry the package? You cannot even carry yourself.” With a smile on her face, Minnie said, “I know, Papa. But if you will give me the package, I will hold it while you carry me.” Moorhouse saw this as a picture of his relationship to God and the burdens of ministry he was carrying. But praise God, he could proceed with confidence, knowing that the Lord was carrying him.
My brethren, when we come to the deep rivers of trial and the streams of sorrow, we too will find that God in His grace will provide for us and carry us through the difficulties to the other side. Even though we may not understand how He will meet our needs, we can be sure that He will provide a way. Almighty God, who promised to carry Israel (Isaiah 46:4), is the One who can carry us. Even though we must fulfill our responsibilities, we have the assurance of His never failing support. Thus, those who have given their situations over to God can exclaim with the psalmist, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works … The LORD preserves all who love Him” (Psalm 145:17, 20). Instead of worrying about what’s ahead, we can trust the Lord to be there to care for us.
We’re grateful for Your care.
God has not promised to keep us from life’s storms, but to keep us through them.