The Gift of Need

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”

1 Peter 1:6-7  


Have you ever considered that your greatest needs are God’s greatest gifts to you? They are for the simple fact that if your need causes you to become aware of God’s presence and more dependent upon Him, then the need served its purpose. It cannot be more plain in scripture, if you draw close to God, He will draw close to you. David, who God said was a man after His own heart knew what I pray you know today as well, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10).  


The apostle Paul recounts how his own need became a gift from the Lord when he penned these words in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

If you are in need today, let your need become God’s gift to you. Needs become gifts when we allow them to bring us to God in prayer and by faith, knowing in advance the true gift is God’s presence, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  

Psalm 16:11

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Michael Osthimer

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