If God owns everything and knows everything, if he loves us and is perfect and holy in all he does, then everything he gives and everything he withholds can rightly be recognized as a good gift from him, even if we are unable to see it as such. — T.A. Hillard
Sometimes people put unreasonable expectations on God. They expect things He never promised and then get frustrated when they don’t have them right now. But God doesn’t give us everything that we want. He gives us what we need.
Moses was aware of the great need he and the Israelites had for God’s presence. It wasn’t just a desire; it was a necessity.
Then Moses said to him… “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked….” (Exodus 33:16-17)
God knew that Moses’ request reflected a real need for their mission—His presence. So God said He would do it, and He provided for their need because He is a perfect provider.
- God owns everything (Psalm 50:10-12)
- God is generous (Acts 14:16-17)
- God is aware of our needs (Matthew 6:31-32)
Therefore, we not only ask God for what we hope He will provide, but we can be confident He’s providing the very things we need right now! If this is true, shouldn’t our prayers be focused on aligning our desires with what God clearly says that we need?
Can you tell the difference between your desires and what a loving Father knows that you need? Do you believe God is providing for you right now everything that you truly need, just as He will provide for you in the future?
God, thank You that You’re providing everything I need today. Make the difference between what I want and what I need very clear. Amen.
Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.
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