Trusting God to Meet Our Needs
God doesn’t work the same way in everyone’s life. We are each created as unique beings and we each have a unique relationship with God. Yet there are some things that we have in common. God loves us—and that is certainly universal.
God promised to meet the needs of those who trust God. That doesn’t mean we get everything we want. And it does not mean we get it when we think we need it. It’s hard to trust God when we have needs and we can’t see any way to meet those needs.
That’s when it’s vital to remember that our life in Christ is about what God is doing, not about what we’re doing. Our goal as Christians is to help establish the kingdom of God on earth and build up the Body of Christ.
We must let God show us what to do. We don’t know how to build up the Body of Christ apart from God. It’s not our body or our kingdom. We don’t know what it looks like. But God gives us glimpses from time to time, so we can trust that what God started, God will bring to completion.
We can also trust that God is always and continually working for our good. What may seem inconvenient for us now may not take into consideration what God is doing in the world. God loves us and wants good for us. Trust God that much.
—Rev. Marty Aden
- What about the homeless or hungry? Did they not trust God? Did God let them down? Did we let them down? Do they have any reason to trust God?
- If God is going to meet our needs, why are we charged with feeding the hungry and clothing the naked? Is it a lack of trust to help others?
- What temptations make it hard to trust in God? Why?
How Do I Act?
- Increase your giving to the church. Trust that God will meet your needs.
- Prayerfully seek God’s vision for your church. Let go of your own plans and trust that God knows better. Covenant with a group of people to pray specifically for God’s vision for your church. The group might want to suggest a certain time to pray each day raising up the feeling of community in this action.
- Listen to the Garth Brooks song “Wolves.” Does the singer trust God? What about the Barton family? Write your own words about trust setting them to the tune of “Wolves” or a favorite hymn.
- Think about a situation in your life now with which you need to trust God. List ways that you can begin letting go of the situation while at the same time asking God to take over. Pray for the ability to trust God and others more.