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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

God Is Aware of My Needs

In review of Galatians 6:9 it says, “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up” (HCSB).

In Galatians 6 Paul explains that I’ll harvest what I plant. I’m to share in other's burdens, and in doing so obey the law of Christ. If I think I'm too important to help someone, I'm only fooling myself, as I'm not really that important. I should concentrate on and give careful attention to my own work. When I do so, I will get the satisfaction of a job well done. I won't need to compare myself to anyone else. I am too be responsible for my own conduct.

Also, I will always harvest what I plant. Therefore if I live to satisfy my own selfish nature I will harvest decay and death from my sinful nature. However if I live to please the Spirit, I'll harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So this means that no matter what, I shouldn’t get tired of doing what is good. If I do, then at just the right time I will end up reaping a harvest of blessing. Therefore, whenever I have the opportunity, I need to do good to everyone, especially to my brothers and sisters.

For when I do my very best, I'll feel good about the results. There is will be no need for me to compare myself with others. People will always make comparisons for many reasons. Some point out others' flaws in order to feel better about themselves. Others simply want reassurance that they are doing well. When I'm tempted to compare, I just need to look to Christ. His example should inspire me to do my very best, and his loving acceptance will comfort me when I fall short of my own expectations. In life, if I plant to please my own desires, I'll end up harvesting a crop of sorrow and evil. However when I seek to plant to please God, I'll harvest joy and everlasting life.

God is omniscient, he knows everything, including everything about me and my life. God knows about my faults and failures, my feelings and frustrations, and my future. God also knows my fears. He knows everything that gets me stressed out. God is aware of all my needs. Prayer is never giving information to God. He already knows what is going on; he already knows all about me. The Bible says, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8 NIV). He’s aware of every single need you have: financial, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional.

God also knows my faithfulness. He sees everything I do that is good and right. Every time I choose not to sin, every time I resist temptation, every time I take a stand because of God’s truth, he sees my faithfulness to him.

His Word reminds me that every good deed will be rewarded, no matter how insignificant it is and regardless of whether anybody else on Earth sees it. Every encouragement I give to other people, every time you pick up around the office when it’s not your job, every time you set up chairs in church, every time I refuse to gossip, God sees it all, no matter how small, according to Matthew 10:40-42. God says, “I see it, and it doesn’t matter who else sees it.” Nothing good I do is ever done in vain: “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 HCSB).

So, I should never be discouraged. Just keep on doing good and trusting God to provide for me. I know I’m always looking for reassurance that I’m doing well. This makes me want to compare myself to others. This mornings passages remind me that it is God’s approval that is the only thing I should be concerned with. It’s easy for me to get caught up in my own desires. I just need to continually remind myself that if I plant to please my own desires, I'll end up harvesting a crop of sorrow and evil. Therefore my goal should be to plant to please God. This way I'll harvest joy and everlasting life.

Today’s passages also help remind me that even when things get tough at work, like it did yesterday with so many requests and demands to bring lots of things to conclusion, that I shouldn’t give up. I just need to turn my frustrations to doing to right thing in the right way and asking him for help.

Bottom Line:
Don’t give up. Do what is good and right. It will benefit me down the road.

What this means to me:
I shouldn’t give up doing what is good and right. For in the end I’ll reap blessings at the proper time.