But God!

 

  Every individual, each man and woman, has needs. God knows the needs of each individual, as well as mankind in general. We have present needs that require somewhat immediate answers. We also have the ultimate need of an answer to death -- which requires the deliverance that has no end.

 

     God promises to supply an answer to our needs, both our present needs as well as our ultimate need.

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.                              PHILIPPIANS 4:19

 

  God made us, so He knows what we’re made of. He has active compassion which takes the needed action to help man and to supply man’s need. That active compassion is mercy.

 

For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him.                                   PSALM  103:14-17A

 

  When the apostle Paul was ministering to the saints in Philippi he was helped by a wonderful brother named Epaphroditus. Paul refers to him as a companion in labor, a fellow-soldier, a brother in Christ indeed! He not only helped Paul by serving him, but also served as an apostle to those Philippians. He even hazarded his soul to compensate for their lack of service toward Paul. Doing the work of Christ, he became sick and near to death. But God, knowing his need, healed him! 

 

For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.                                                                                                                      PHILIPPIANS 2:26-28

 

  Like this, there are many records in God’s Word which describe the great need of man– but God has mercy and delivers!

 

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.                           PSALM 73:26

 

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life [their lives were threatened]: But we had the sentence [the answer] of death [to the life-threatening situation] in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God Who raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in Whom we trust that He will yet deliver us.                                                                                                                            II CORINTHIANS 1:8-10    

 

  He is the God Who raises the dead! Is there any other god like He? No! Our God can deliver, He will deliver and He does deliver those who trust in Him and not in their own ability. The promises of God are sure and faithful.

 

  Could anyone be in any more grievous adversity and need than Joseph was? His jealous brothers, filled with hate, conspired together to kill Joseph. Changing their plan, instead they only sold him as a slave to some Ishmaelite merchants travelling from Gilead to Egypt.

 

  He was then sold by them to the Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, Potiphar. He made Joseph sole overseer of all his household and land. Joseph was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and was then thrown into prison. Now he was a prisoner in a foreign land. Could life be any more destitute? No…except for the one, true answer to the needs of life: But God!

 

The patriarchs [Joseph’s brothers, the sons of Israel], moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And [God] delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.                                                                    ACTS 7:8-9

 

  God not only met his need for deliverance from the bondage of imprisonment, but God was with him to the end that he became ruler over Egypt, second only to Pharaoh!

 

  The key to receiving God’s deliverance, God’s answer to your need, is to call upon Him and then trust Him for His answer. You do not give Him your need along with the answer you have already decided is the only result you expect to receive. You wholly give it to Him. You call upon Him and look for His result. David declares this in Psalm eighteen.  

 

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in Whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.                                                              PSALM 18:2-4,6,17-19