God Not Caring What You Want Is Rubbish

praying-child1“God has promised to supply what we need, not what we want.”

Sounds right.  Sounds spiritual.  Sounds mature.

Problem is…it isn’t right, spiritual, or mature.

Let’s just look at some Godly reality for a second…(or maybe two):

Yes, always thinking about what you want is not healthy.

You and I can become “materialistic” at the drop of a hat.  Always looking to God as “Santa in the sky” is not at all healthy to a rich relationship with Him.  There is much about Western Culture and the contemporary Western Church that has contributed to “me-ism.”

But, there is much about religion that has contributed to poverty

For me, the reality of relationship with my Heavenly Father is that He can be seen in a good earthly father.

Can you imagine one of your children begging you for food?  “Mommy, please can I have some supper? I’m so hungry!  Daddy, please!  I’m just confessing that you will allow me to enjoy some food right now!  If my children were always begging me for things they truly needed, I would be less than a true example of Godly parenthood.  And yet…

Don’t we too often look to God (The true Heavenly Father) like that?

The Lord spoke this to my heart this shocking thought:

“Ask Me for what you want, and you’ll get what you need.”

“Ask Me for what you want, and you’ll get what you need.”

That sorta flies in the face of “God only promises to supply what you need, not what you want,” doesn’t it?

Here’s just a couple of things I believe the heart of these words are speaking:

  1. When you and I are centered on “believing God” for our needs, we are lack centered.  Being lack centered is destructive to true faith.  Any time we are focusing on what we need (regardless of us saying we are believing God for a change) our hearts are chained to our needs.
  2.  We think that only asking for our needs is “all grown up.”  But…isn’t the Kingdom made up of little children.  And don’t little children as their parents for what they want?  If it’s not a good thing, the parent is supposed to be wise enough to re-direct the request.  Not train their children to only beg for their needs.

If we begin asking for what we want (which isn’t as easy as you may assume), we will have a more faith-filled perspective about the heart of our Heavenly Father.  The fruit of that changed perspective is healthy faith.

Jesus said “Do not be like them (the pagans), for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  (Matt. 6:8)

The Holy Spirit through King David said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:5)

YES THERE’S SOME DANGER OF “ME-ISM” THERE.  THERE WAS ALSO DANGER IN ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND.  “My God shall supply all your needs” is a promise, not a reason for limitation.

I’d love to know what you are thinking.  You can let me know by commenting.  Thanks.

Gary