By Chaplain Chet Rains
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
– Phil. 4:19
My friend, Robert, is the shop foreman where I have my car serviced. He knows the ins-and-outs of the internal combustion engine, as well as the intricacies of all the techno gadgets and modules under the hood. He has been my go-to repair guy for many years. The joke surrounding Robert, though, is that, when he calls, or when he comes into the lounge looking for a particular customer, the result is never good. Seeing Robert, or hearing his voice, indicates there is a problem, and the problem can be costly. The point is, my car is my livelihood – my link to the world in general and my job in particular – and I trust his knowledge, experience, advice, and recommendations. Even though his recommendations sometimes hit me hard in the wallet, I know that, in the long run, he knows what’s best for my car. My automotive ignorance has caused me, in faith, to rely upon the knowledge and efforts of another. What I don’t know, Robert does.
Many needs have made themselves known in the past few months. Basic things, like toilet paper and paper towels, were things that we, at one time, could count on always being on the retail shelf. Add to that detergents, bleach, sanitizers, and hand soaps. But no longer…. All of these are in short supply and, when found, often command a higher price and demand a limited quantity. The need to stockpile seems to have produced a self-absorbed mentality, one that lends itself to a “what-can-I-do-to-get-myself-through-this” way of thinking. Our attempts to overcome seem to be just that… our attempts. We are trying to find our own solutions to our own problems.
Just as Robert knows my car and what it needs to run properly and smoothly, God knows us, and knows what we need to “run properly and smoothly” during these uncertain times. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” Everyone hopes they will make it through, and it’s our calling to help provide the assurance they need…whatever we can do, however we can do it, and whenever we can do it. The choices and possibilities are limitless. The conviction of things not seen? That’s simple faith, but I feel it’s the simplicity of it that gives people trouble. “Just believe? Just trust? C’mon… there has to be more to it than that!” Simple faith… it’s knowing that God is going to do what He has always done – He is going to take care of His people. In the verse above, Paul uses the word “meet.” Webster defines it as meaning, “to fulfill or satisfy,” so that the verse reads, “And my God will fulfill or satisfy all your needs….” Why? Because He loves us. Our greatest need was salvation, and He already took care of that need in a big way on a hill long, long ago. With that assurance as our foundation, let us live with the confidence that whatever needs arise in the days ahead, He’s going to take care of those as well.