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Detoxing Anxiety 6: God Knows What You Need

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In Matthew 6:32, Jesus says, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

God, as both your Creator and Father, is intimately acquainted with you. He knows the number of hairs on your head (or lack of). Every anxious thought you have. Every bit of tension in your body. He knows about it.
He knows what you need and when you need it. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that your needs are the same as your wants. The truth is, what we really care about is our wants, like nice holidays or the latest tech. I dream about reading a good book at a spa day with my wife (but I am admittedly a bit strange).

The reason we don’t always get what we want is that our wants aren’t often what we need. God doesn’t want to spoil His children rotten or feed our appetite for material things. So He only gives us what we really need; good gifts, so that we’re not led astray.

Rest today in the fact that God knows you, He gets you, He has a good plan for your life, and He’s looking out for your *needs*.

But there’s more. I almost finished this post without mentioning something incredibly important we must all get hold of. By faith in Jesus, God is “your heavenly Father”! You’re not an abandoned orphan but a beloved child of God. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says it again and again. He begins with saying “your heavenly Father” several times. Then three times he says, “your Father who sees”. God sees you; you haven’t escaped his attention. Then He says, as we’ve seen “he knows that you need them” before the climax in 7:11, “How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”.

You have a Father, a good, good Father, in heaven, who is heavenly – that’s beautiful in holiness, radiant with glory – and He loves you and wants to give you good gifts. Dwell on that and you’ll take ground against anxiety today.

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