"Your Father knows that you need them." Luke 12:30
"Your Father!" What a tender touch these words give to the reassuring words of Jesus. He had just pointed His disciples to the flowers of the field and the birds of the air as evidence of God's providing care and had cautioned them against anxiety over the inevitable needs of tomorrow.
The tired child at the end of day will often confide her wants and needs to her earthly father and then drift of to a peaceful sleep. It is enough that Dad knows! He will find a way to meet his child's needs.
Our heavenly Father knows our every want and wish. And he is abundantly able and willing to provide. "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all -- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). There is no need in our life, however great or small, that God does not know and which He will not fill if it's necessary for our eternal happiness. "My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus," says Paul (Philippians 4:19).
In times of need let us remember that we are God's children. He is our living, loving, and almighty Father. Our welfare and happiness is a matter of His deep personal concern. He knows our names and our needs. It is enough that He knows, for could He know and withhold His help?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You know what we want and need. Help us to trust You to do what is best for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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