Wants and Needs

What do you need today? What is it you want? What are you asking God to do for you? What are you depending on God to do that you can’t do yourself? Do you know that God knows what you need? Are you relying on Him to deliver?

We so often confuse our wants with our needs. This is especially true in today’s fast paced, got to have it now world. We look at a pretty dress and think we need it. We see the large screen TV and convince ourselves our old TV is about to go on the fritz, and we need to replace it with a new one. We look at the shiny new thing someone else just bought and decide we need one, too.

We fool ourselves in moments of weakness. We allow ourselves to be convinced by others. We often react without thinking through the situation to make a wise decision. It happens to all of us. We are all fallible and weak at times in our lives.

Yet when we look at Scripture, we see that God will provide for all our needs. So why do we get caught up in a plethora of wants? It’s really quite simple—we take our eyes off Jesus. We don’t trust that God will provide. Or, we desire something other than what God desires for us.

This is not to say it is bad to desire. However, it is not healthy to desire differently than God. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what is best for us and we typically don’t. We may think we do. Yet it is not until we stop and take a look back through time, that we see where God stopped us from having something we wanted and see that it was best we didn’t get it.

It is during these times that we have a great opportunity. If we trust God to provide, rely on Him to know best, our faith increases. We see God at work. We see him provide in ways we would never expect.

It’s tough when we go through these times. We don’t understand the delay or the negative answer. We can’t see the future and often get depressed or angry or distrustful or frustrated. When we have those types of feelings about something, that is the time to slow down and spend some quiet time with God. Ask Him why. Ask Him to reveal His plan. Ask for understanding.

I pray each of us will trust God to provide for us. I pray we all come to understand that God provides the best for us. I pray that God will reveal what He is doing in each of our lives. Trust God. Ask for His wisdom. Ask Him to provide for your needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. God will provide.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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