Words of Hope: God supplies our Needs

God shall supply ALL my needs?! What a sentence!

Do I live like I believe this? I know this is something Dad wrestled with for a long time. If it is true that God shall supply all our needs, why did Dad experience poverty, why did his mom die, why did he get cancer? I think pain can make us afraid and begin to wonder- is God truly good? Will my needs be supplied? I have been reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” He writes how liberated prisoners- cold eat freely, come and go as they wanted, warm, fed, clean, and refreshed for the first time in years, but they still couldn’t feel real joy. Their suffering had been so significant; they had to re-learn the very feeling of joy because a spirit of dread continued to linger over everything they did. 

During this pandemic, a simmering feeling of dread in my spirit— a pall over the daily gratitude of life. Dad told me his journey with cancer had a similar sense of doom in the back of his mind. He knew he had to move from putting all his hope in outside experiences— good scores at the oncology clinic, good news on the radio, and all the other things in which we place our expectations. Instead, Dad had to come to the baseline—rejoice in the Lord. He supplies our needs. He is our source of hope and joy. He is the salvation we long for.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Philippians 4:19-20