None of us like trials. None of us like to be in a place of need. We see it as an inconvenience. We see it as slowing us down from what God has called us to do. However, the scriptures tend to place an emphasis on “need” as a place for us to find grace. What do I mean by the word “need”? A definition that I would like to suggest comes from something my Senior Pastor asked our local congregation. He asked, “What thing in your life are you trusting God for that if He doesn’t come through, you have nowhere else to turn?” I would suggest that need is “Any circumstance which leaves us with no other solution than God.” Let’s look at a few passages that teach us about God’s sufficiency in our needs.
1. God Demonstrates His Power in Our Need
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Apostle Paul found himself in great need. He cried out to the Lord for relief, but the Lord denied His request. Why would God answer in such a way? Because he desired to make himself known through Paul’s need. How many of us have been comforted and encouraged by the life of Paul? When it seems that the Lord is tarrying long in answering our prayer and we’re tempted to wonder why, let us remember that God is working his power in us and through us in our need. The power of Christ in resting upon us.
2. Need Makes Us A Perfect Candidate for Prayer.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
One of the most amazing truths found in the scripture is that of the humanity of Jesus Christ. Not only was Jesus God, He was fully man. Not only does He have power to work in our needs, but he has the heart to work as well. When we see someone who has gone through something similar to us our hearts long to help them. Christ knows what it is like to be hungry. (Matthew 4) He knows what it is like to be rejected by his family. (John 7:3-5) He knows what it is like to be homeless. (Matthew 8:20) Christ bids us draw near to him to receive grace and mercy in our time of need.
Let us remember that when we go through times of need, we are in the perfect place to receive God’s grace, mercy, and strength.