DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY April 11, 2022
The Problem of Unmet Needs
If we find that God is withholding something we need, it’s wise to ask ourselves if we’ve gotten in the way by sinning or failing to act.
How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84
The Lord has promised to provide, so why doesn’t He always meet our needs when we ask? In today’s passage, His promise of provision has a condition—it’s given to “those who walk with integrity” (Psalm 84:11). So, if God isn’t fulfilling our needs as we think He should, it’s possible He has a different plan for us than we expect. But we should also examine ourselves to see if there might be some hindrance.
Sin. When we allow sin in our life, salvation remains intact, but fellowship with God is interrupted and we’re less in tune with His will. Then our expectations often differ from His.
Participation. Another possible explanation for unmet needs is that we haven’t done our part. Although God is the ultimate source of all we have, He gives us the opportunity to work for some necessities (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11).
Desires. As we saw yesterday, perhaps God hasn’t provided as you expected because your “needs” are really desires. If He knows that what you want won’t fulfill His plans for your life, He will withhold it in order to provide something better.
Remember that God’s actions and character always align. And His answers to prayer will fit with His goal of conforming us to Christ’s image. If it seems He’s withholding something you deem essential, trust that what He’s working on will be even better.
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.