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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Meeting The Need"

January 9, 2011

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And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Have you ever wondered where some of the common inventions of our life have come from?

· Leo Gerstenzang thought of Q-Tips when he saw his wife trying to clean their baby's ears with toothpicks and cotton.
· King C. Gillette looked for a throwaway product after he had a conversation with the inventor of pop bottle caps. When he found his razor dull, he thought of the safety razor with disposable blades.
· Ole Evinrude invented the outboard motor after he got angry when the ice cream in his rowboat melted before he got to his island picnic spot.
· Charles Strite was fuming at the burnt toast in the factory lunchroom where he worked and thought up the automatic toaster.

There is one common factor in all of these inventions: a person saw a need and answered that need.

This is exactly what God did when He set into motion His plan to save us. It was a major investment on His part, an investment that cost the life of His only Son. It was His divine way of meeting our needs.

Now while we most certainly should be thankful we have a God who meets our needs, we should also be willing to help meet the needs of others.

Truly, there are a great many needs we see each day.

Some of them are big. Others are very small. But oftentimes we can make a difference in taking care of those needs. By the Holy Spirit's power we can, with our words and our actions, help change some of those things.

True, we may not make a fortune like some of the inventors I mentioned earlier in this devotion. No, we may not make a fortune, but we can try to make the lives of those we meet more peaceful and content.

From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"

THE PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to take care of our greatest needs. Now we ask that we may, in His Name, make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Job 1-2    Matthew 7

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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