God Knows Your Need - Nahum 1:7

Verse of the Day - Day 45

Nahum 1:7 - God Knows Your Need
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: God Knows Your Need

Have you ever been so upset you couldn't pray? Maybe your mind was filled with panic and you couldn't think straight. When you're in the deepest, darkest trouble, it can seem God is far away from you, or absent altogether.

But feelings are not facts. Our emotions are a poor indicator of the way things really are. Christians can wholly believe the Bible, when God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5, ESV)

Whenever hardship strikes, we think we know the perfect solution and pray our heart out for God to give it to us. Then, when he doesn't give us exactly what we want, we fall into despair, assuming he either doesn't hear or doesn't care.

God Sees the Full Picture

It's discouraging, yet a bit of reflection reminds us we can't see the full picture as God does. In spiritual warfare, a battle is raging in the realm of the invisible. The good news is God is all-powerful. Nothing can interfere with his plan.

The Bible also teaches that God's plans are incredibly complex. Often things happen that seem contrary to common sense. Why, for instance, did the Old Testament figure Joseph get sold into slavery by his brothers, then dragged away to Egypt?

At the end of the story, we know the answer. God had a plan all along to use Joseph to preserve the chosen people from starvation.

Equally confusing was why God then allowed the Jews to suffer in Egypt for 400 years before he sent Moses as their rescuer. At the end of Exodus we understand: so the people could multiply, so God could humble the most powerful nation on Earth, and so the Jews would be ready to conquer the Promised Land.

God Is a Personal Savior

You may not see your life fitting into such a dramatic scenario, but if we learn anything from the Bible, it's that our God is a personal God. Jesus Christ cared deeply about individuals. He had compassion for them. He even raised a widow's son from the dead so she would have someone to take care of her in her old age.

Jesus is God and God does not change. He cares about you, personally. He wants you to come to him in times of trouble. When you go to him in fear or confusion, he takes you in and has pity on you. God wants you to depend on him. He wants to be your protector. In his mysterious way, sometimes he will provide the solution to your problem himself, supernaturally. Other times he will enlighten you on what action to take yourself. He may also move other people to come to your aid.

Trust Him to Meet Your Need

Your job is not to concoct a solution then beg God to make it happen. Your job is to trust him for help and obey him. It goes against our prideful nature to let someone else take control of our life, but God always acts out of love. His way is best. His way is smartest.   

Don't stress about being unable to put your problem into words. God is omniscient, which means he knows your need even if you can't express it.

He always sees things clearly. God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us pray:  "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." (Romans 8:26, ESV)

Even if you can't figure out your circumstances, God already has the answer. Trust in him and be at peace.

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