Your Wants or Your Needs?

By John Healton

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

God will indeed supply all our needs. However, we must understand the difference between our wants and our needs. I have prayed for many things including a new pick-up. I have yet to receive one and have accepted that it might never happen! For you see my friends, this is one of my wants, not one of my needs. However, I rest assured that God will give me what I need, not necessarily what I want. Remember, God does answer all of our prayers, and while the answer is sometimes “no”, He knows what is best for us.

I wonder many times why God says “No.” Doesn’t He love me?

Remember, God loves us very much, so much that He gave His only Son, so you and I can live for eternity. Many times God has said no to me, and each time I realized it was for my best. Yes, it’s hard to accept no as the answer, but it is harder to live without our Heavenly Father watching over and protecting us. Give your heart to God, live under His protection, and experience true love. Psalm 63:3 says, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

Father, we thank you so much for everything you do for us, and yes, even sometimes saying no to us. That just means you love us and want what is best for us, and for that I lift your name on high. Thank you. Amen.

Reprinted with Permission, Refreshing Wind, 2013 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

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