Want v. Need

For a long time I was told that if I didn’t have something, I didn’t have enough faith. That if I would pray harder, believe more, or do more good that “God will supply all my needs according to his riches in glory.” I came to learn that there is a huge difference between what that verse promises and what they told me. It’s the difference of want and need.

It goes like this: I want a new car. I need transportation (and that transportation may be the ability to walk. Still, God has provided.) I want to own a nice, big house. I need shelter. (I don’t want a big house, just making a point.) I want meat on the table at every meal, soups and salads and sweets. I need daily nourishment. The two might be very different things. God promised to provide my needs, not bow to my every whim.

He’s good like that.

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

Posted on December 4, 2012, in Meandering thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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