I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brain to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was
forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life. Instead, He gave me
life so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted…I received everything I needed.
My prayer has been answered.
The things that we need in order to grow and mature do not always come in the nice, neat packages we would like, or generally expect them to. Life is a never-ending journey and at every leg of it there are lessons to be learned. One of the most important lessons for us to learn is to differentiate between something we want and something we need.
Thought for the day
One of the realities of addiction is that it knows it can not survive the righteousness of God. Addiction can not exist where God is secure. He is the Light and the Prince of Darkness and Lies, addiction’s primary marketer is always selling us on the idea that in the darkness of our minds our wants are our needs. Nothing can be further from the truth. Keep asking to be in tune with God’s will for us and you will really know the difference between a want and a need. If God is not supplying it, it can not be right for us regardless of how much we may rationalize its importance to our happiness. Such is the faith spoken of in scripture. Be faithful, be hopeful and be truly free.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does…Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. ~James 1:2-8,22,25 (NIV)~