This Christmas, my son gave me a little wooden sign that reads, “All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”
(I’ve been known to say my daycare does not run on electricity, but coffee. Of course, that’s not completely true, but still…how else am I supposed to keep up with my little munchkins?)
As fun as the coffee part is, what I want to focus on today is this…“I need a whole lot of Jesus.”
As you face 2018, what do you need?
Perhaps your health is suffering, and you need stamina to face each new day.
Maybe you have difficult decisions to make, and you need wisdom.
Or you are feeling weak, and you need strength.
Perhaps you are discouraged, and you need joy.
I don’t know what you will encounter in 2018, but I know one thing with absolute certainty:
Whatever you need, God will be that to you.
This isn’t something I say lightly. I know it to be true because I have lived it.
Three years ago, I faced a very uncertain new year. I desperately needed God to come through for me.
Due to tragic circumstances, I became a single mom and faced major life changes. After living in Australia for sixteen years, I moved back to America with my three sons.
I had no house, no car, no job, and no idea how I was going to earn a living. I needed God to be my Provider.
In the months that followed, God worked miracle after miracle of provision for us. Someone anonymously paid my boys’ school bill for over a year so they could go to our Christian school. A car was given to us. An older couple in our town “just happened” to be retiring that year, and I took over the operation of their daycare. A few months after that, God provided for a dream of mine-to buy my own home. There was never a need we had that God didn’t provide.
I needed God to be my Provider, and He supplied each need abundantly, sometimes even before I prayed.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
I also faced a host of major decisions. There were times I was so confused I couldn’t think straight. My mind would race through all the potential outcomes of my decisions, and I would feel paralyzed by the choices I had to make. I needed God to be my Wisdom.
I turned to God in my confusion, and He granted me the wisdom I sought. He supplied trusted friends and family members to give me advice, verses to guide me, circumstances to confirm my decisions, and peace throughout the whole process.
I needed God to be my wisdom, and He guided me through every step I had to take.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
As we began our new life back in the States, I also needed strength. My daycare job was very physical, with long working hours. I was learning to cope with the demands of single parenting, and trying to help my sons adjust to a new school, church, and country. I was exhausted. I needed God to be my Strength.
True to His word, God never failed to give me the strength I needed for every task I had to accomplish. He granted rest when I was weary, and refreshment when I was discouraged. On top of that, He even threw in some extras. (Like the time someone paid to have my daycare yard mowed for my birthday. What a blessing at the end of a long week!)
I needed so much strength that year of starting over, and God never once failed to be my Strength.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29,31
Perhaps the deepest need I had that year was for God to be my Comfort. My heart was broken, and I was doubtful that God would be able to put the pieces of my life, much less my heart, back together. But just as bitter cold drives one close to a fire, the pain drove me straight into the arms of Jesus. I found there a Love so pure, so true, so all-encompassing, that I was able to thank God for the dark valleys I had been forced to traverse.
Looking back now, three years later, my heart swells in gratitude for the healing and love God has brought into my once shattered life. I desperately needed the comforting hand of God, and He was my Comfort.
“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18
As you encounter each need that 2018 will surely bring, may I suggest you do what I did?
Find Scriptures that promise God will meet the specific need you have, write those verses down, and carry them with you. Meditate on these promises, claim them as your own, and watch as God is to you exactly Who you need Him to be.
We serve an Almighty, all-powerful, whatever-you-need God. He will not fail you.