Getting What You Want

Despite our best intentions, all of us can struggle with getting what we want. And what we want seems to flitter from stuff, to time, to clothes, to gadgets, to health, to relationships and lots more. I was recently giving God an earful about not getting something that I thought I wanted. Instead of getting my way, it seemed like the exact opposite was happening & there wasn’t anything I could do to change the situation. But what I could change was my attitude – and our attitudes can be a powerful tool when we make wise choices. 
On top of working through my attitude choices in my recent situation, I also learned that while I may not always get what I want, I can trust God to give me what I need đŸ™‚

I don’t get it: needs and provisions

I read this morning about how Moses explained to the Israelites what mannah was in Exodus 16:15.  One morning, the Israelites saw some weird stuff on the ground & couldn’t figure out what it was, but they absolutely had a need for food, so Moses explained to them about what mannah was, how it could meet their need for food and how to collect it six days a week.

As I read this, I thought about how sometimes we need someone to explain how God’s provisions work for us.  The Israelites didn’t see mannah for what it was supposed to be for them.  It looked weird and foreign to them – they’d never seen anything like it before.  Sometimes I think that God’s provisions are the same for us today – we don’t always recognize the various ways, mediums or methods that God uses to provide for us.  Consider a few ideas:

  • we think we need money but God gives us a creative idea that helps us cut our expenses to better align with our income
  • we think we need more time in our weekly schedule, but God gives us some cancelled appointments and increased efficiencies
  • we think we need more God and God gives us the opportunity to plug into church, a small group or Bible study more consistently đŸ™‚

At the end of the day, don’t forget Jesus’ super essential ingredient for divine provisions in Matt 6:33, “Seek first God’s kingdom & all these things will be added to you.”  God knows what we need, when & how we need it, so go after God & be wide open for the various ways and methods that God will meet those needs đŸ™‚

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