He Knows What You Need
‘YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWETH THAT YE HAVE NEED OF ALL
THESE THINGS’ MATTHEW 6:32.
God loves to give. Listen: ‘Since he did not spare even his own Son for us ... won’t
He surely give us everything else?’ (Romans 8:32 TLB). When you were born again,
you became part of God’s family.
But, there’s a difference in what outsiders know and what family members know.
Help me, Lord, to Your children know things about you - what you have, what you like, what you do -
exercise restraint in that outsiders never see or know. And it’s the same with us. Because we know that
my life. I know some
our Heavenly Father is rich and that He has great plans for us, our expectations of
of the decisions I
Him are enhanced and our confi dence in Him is strengthened. But, just because
make are based upon
He has it, doesn’t mean He’ll automatically give it to you. A good father exercises
greed and sometimes
restraint. He’s not only good to His children, He’s good for them. Often He withholds
selfishness, but today,
things for a season in order to temper character and correct behaviour. Then, when
God, I pray that You
the blessing comes, they’re mature enough to handle it.
would settle my heart
If you don’t understand this, you can easily become discouraged and turn away
and help me see You
from Him in anger, because you believed for something that didn’t come on time -
know what is best
or come at all. But, if your faith in His wisdom is stronger than your own personal
for me, You know
what will build my
agenda, you’ll hold on to His promise, trust Him and wait patiently for the blessing
character and You
to come. Why? Because you understand that your Heavenly Father knows what you
know what will bring
me peace. Help me to
accept this precious
gift of love from You in
‘BETTER TO BE POOR AND HONEST THAN A RICH PERSON NO ONE
CAN TRUST’ PROVERBS 19:1.
The other day, I heard a man refer to the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.
He said, ‘I’m glad God doesn’t strike people dead today for lying.’ Don’t be so sure.
The wages of deceit is still death; maybe not physical death, but the death of some
Lord, I pray that You
other things like:
forgive me for the
1) Your marriage - lies in a marriage are like termites in a tree; it may survive for
times when I haven’t
years, but inevitably it will fall, taking a lot of other things with it.
honest. You know
2) Your conscience - it’s the fi rst lie that makes you a liar, not the fi ftieth and the
me, Lord, better than
tragedy is that the second is even easier to tell. Each successive lie just tightens
I know myself, and I
the knot and strengthens the rope that binds you.
ask You to help me be
3) Your career - ask the student who was just expelled for cheating or the worker
a person of integrity.
who was fi red for embezzling, if it was worth it. And what about the death of trust
Help me confront
and intimacy or peace of mind and credibility?
any issues I may have
When you live at two levels, you a) lose respect for yourself b) lose your confi dence
which will help me to before God c) lose your moral authority before others. The rewards are just not worth
enrich my marriage, it.
be better at my job Listen: ‘Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He
and be closer to You in
who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not ... swear by what is false. He
everything I do.
will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from the God of his salvation’
(Psalm 24:3-5 NIV). There you have it!
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