Every mother has been awakened in the night by her children crying out in fear because of a bad dream or strange noises. (When I was a kid, I used to think there were tigers in the hallway, but it was really only my Dad snoring. :-) What they are wanting is for us to give them comfort to calm their fears, so they cry out for us to come and help them. Now there are some situations where the only acceptable solution is "MOM"--in the flesh MOM. She can't lay in bed and yell to them, "I'm sending you some peace right now--wait for it--it's coming." She can't place her photo by their bedside so that they can look at it. No, she has to get out of bed, trudge down the stairs, crawl into bed with them, wrap her arms around them and tell them everything is going to be alright. She is the only one that can make them forget that nasty dream, or actually find the cause of that scarey noise so that their fears will be relieved. She can't separate what they need from herself, it's a package deal. What they need is what she is, MOM.
It's the same way with Christ. What we need can only be found IN Him. When He gives us peace, forgiveness, healing, provision or any of the myriad of blessings that He can provide, He doesn't separate those things from Himself. No, He gives us Himself, and all those things are ours because we are with Him. This makes the Christian life so simple. We don't have to go to God with a grocery list of things that we need. All we need to do is to pursue, seek diligently, and desire one thing--HIM--and all that we could ever want or need is right there.
The Bible tells us that "He knows our needs before we ask." It also says that He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider". This means that He has gone before us and left every provision that we will need at exactly the right spot, so that when we get there on our journey, we will have it! I experienced this to the greatest degree in my life as I stood on the side of a road amidst blaring sirens, flashing lights, men yelling, paramedics running, and snow lightly but quietly falling. It's funny, the thing I noticed the most was the silence of the snow falling. And in the midst of this seemingly tragic scene, I heard the still small voice of God saying to me, "See, I have already done in you all those things that you have been seeking me about for the past 6 months. And today was the proofing of my provision for you." (But that's another story).
It may seem like semantics to some, but there is a big difference between wanting what God can provide and wanting Him. And so many times we are taught, even in church, to go after the things we need from Him without being taught that HE is all we need, in fact, without Him, we are in a very desperate situation. "Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you!" What a glorious promise! If we simply reside in Christ, all that we need will naturally be ours as well. We don't have to chase after them, they come with HIM! We are promised that "if we will seek Him, we will be found of Him, if we seek Him with all of our heart." And the more we come to know Him, the more lovely, awesome, and indescribably wonderful He becomes. This, in turn, produces faith which makes the power available to overcome any obstacle that may be in our way.
It's hard to have faith in someone we don't know. In fact, having faith in someone we aren't familiar with is just plain dumber than a 5 lb. bag of stupid. So many times, people who really don't know God say they have faith in Him, but when things don't work out the way they thought they should, then their perception of God is marred and their faith is smashed. But the truth of the matter is that they really didn't know God well enough to be able to bank everything on the reputation of His name, and that is unbelief.
When we truly know God, it's not hard to trust in what He says completely, unreservedly, and with complete peace and confidence. So embrace Christ--just Christ! There is nothing else!