by Daniel Rodgers

Why Our Needs Are Not Met
Dan Rodgers
Philippians 4:19
July 22, 2007

INTRODUCTION: How many times have we all quoted this verse? But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. And yet, at times, we may feel that our needs have not been met. Why is that? If God's Word is true (and we know that it is), why, then, does He not always meet every need?

ILLUS: When I was a boy of about 13, I remember that one of my greatest desires was to have a horse. I loved horses. My neighbor had a horse, and occasionally, he would take me for a ride. It was something—to sit up high on the back of that beautiful animal.

One day, I thought, I sure would like to have a horse of my very own. My friend told me about a place in Sacramento where I could buy a horse for about $50.00, it was a horse processing plant, commonly known as a "glue factory."

I didn't have much money, but I did have a paper route. So, I figured that if I saved my money over a year, I might be able to go to Sacramento and buy one.

I prayed to the Lord that He would work out all the details; I knew He was the One who could make this boy happy.

Well, I never did get the horse. Even to this day, I think, "Wouldn't it be great to have a horse."

Now, why didn't God answer the prayer of a little boy? He could have done it if He wanted to—but He didn't. I sure was disappointed. There might have been a few small factors that kept Him from granting my request:

I didn't have my parent's permission.
I had no way to get it home.
I had no place to keep it.
I couldn't afford to fed it.

This is just a brief story about my experience as a young boy, and how disappointed I was because God didn't answer my prayer.

Though the age, the needs and the circumstances are much different, I think we all understand the hurt and disappointment that can come from not receiving the things for which we have prayed. This morning, I would like for us ...

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