Where was God when...? - 6 - God knows what we need

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Ever wonder where God was when...?  Ever had a need that God didn't seem to meet?  Ever think that God just didn't care about you in your circumstance?

Below is an article written by John Piper to an eleven year old boy named "Tommy" about these very questions. Take time to think through and investigate these thoughts and compare them against what God's Word says. Because of the articles length, it has been broken up into 7 parts. 



GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED

Another reason we may not have enough money, or food or clothing, is that God is making us more able to live in the right way. He’s helping us be holy, or righteous. So the Bible says, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). Our pain is like the pain of the runner who is pushing himself beyond his limit. Later that painful training will help him win the race.

Jesus is always loving you, Tommy, even when he loves you with tough love. He wants you to trust him more, and learn to live for what really matters. Food is important. But it is not most important.

You may ask, “But what about the promise?” Didn’t Jesus say that if we seek his kingdom first, “all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33)? And didn’t Paul say, “My God will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)? Yes. They did say that. And it is true.

But the promise to meet every “need” is not the same as the promise to meet every “want,” or even everything we think we need. Do you remember when you were little and wanted candy, and your mother said, “No. It’s too near supper.” Or maybe you saw a sharp knife and wanted to play with it, but your father said, “No. You might cut yourself.” At that moment, you felt like the candy and the knife were “needs.” Maybe you even cried when you didn’t get them. But your parents knew what was good for you.

That’s the way it is with an all-wise God. He knows what we need most in order to become the kind of people he wants us to be. And sometimes what we need is tough love, not tender love. Sometimes he withholds good things from us, because he has better plans. He bends our faith like a branch — almost to the breaking point. His purpose is not to break it, but to make it stronger.

Article Source: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/letter-to-a-teenager-in-need