Solid Joys 1/27

He Knows Your Need
By John Piper

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 6:31–32)

Jesus wants his followers to be free from worry. In Matthew 6:25–34, he gives at least seven arguments designed to take away our anxiety. One of them lists food and drink and clothing, and then says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (Matthew 6:32).

Jesus must mean that God’s knowing is accompanied by his desiring to meet our need. He is emphasizing we have a Father. And this Father is better than any earthly father.

I have five children. I love to meet their needs. But my knowing falls short of God’sknowing in at least three ways. 

First, right now I don’t know where any of my children are. I could guess. They’re in their homes or at work or school, healthy and safe. But they might be lying on a sidewalk with a heart attack.

Second, I don’t know what is in their heart at any given moment. I can guess from time to time. But they may be feeling some fear or hurt or anger or lust or greed or joy or hope. I can’t see their hearts. They don’t even know their own hearts perfectly.

Third, I don’t know their future. Right now they may seem well and steady. But tomorrow some great sorrow may befall them.

This means I can’t be for them a very strong reason not to worry. There are things that may be happening to them now, or may happen tomorrow, that I do not even know about. But it is totally different with their Father in heaven. Our Father in heaven! He knows everything about us, where we are, now and tomorrow, inside and out. He sees every need.

Add to that, his huge eagerness to meet our needs. Remember the “much more” of Matthew 6:30, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you?”

Add to that his complete ability to do what he is eager to do (he feeds billions of birds hourly, around the world, Matthew 6:26). 

So join me in trusting the promise of Jesus to meet our needs. That’s what Jesus is calling for when he says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

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2 Responses to Solid Joys 1/27

  1. a follower says:

    Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what …
    “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. King James Bible Be not ye therefore like unto them: for …

  2. a follower says:

    Morning Thoughts and Revelations
    So many are invoking God in all the conversations,in all the world stage bluster. So many are speaking of God given rights. His Gifts,His blessings, His ways. Yet are we following? And who are we following? Do they infact and by actions Know the Holy One through His Holy Son? Are they acting like it?
    Are we following through the Son, as sons? Are we following the Master utilizing His ways,His actions? So many want to group up on the same side as One. Are we? Are we on the same side?
    It is said Through His Son we can be granted everlasting life, and i hold this Truth to be so. And yet here on this earth, do we the people understand God? Do we understand that His Rights and blessings come with certain responsibilities? These gifts and blessings are not free and are not everlasting no matter how we behave ,act,and how many times we proclaim we have them! So many are in the mindset that we deserve them simply by invoking His name or His title.
    There is nothing we can do to deserve them! Are there consequences when we do not follow The Masters (Thee Messiahs) ways? Search the Gospels for the Truth.
    If Yahua sent a Jonah to this world, would they listen, or would many become childish?

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