Thoughts on Day 19: When we focus of God and live a life that strives to follow him, our needs will be fulfilled and we can thrive. When we start to worry about tomorrow and trusting our own means of survival is when things get murky and trouble comes.
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing-you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?” (Luke 11:10-13 MSG)
Why is this scripture in Luke so hard for us to follow? He tells us to be direct and ask He will provide. Are we spending time asking for our wants when we it should be about our needs?
Think about it, our needs here in this society are a far cry from the needs of a third world country where there the needs are food, water and shelter. Here we create our own needs. Having enough money to pay the bills each month may very well be a need but did all those bills come from needs or wants?
I say this just to make you think that maybe we need to start re-prioritizing our needs vs wants and bring the list to God in prayer, only then will you experience His good gifts.
Dear Jesus, I am trying to get by in this world, sometimes it feels like I am never getting ahead. If I am putting wants in the way of Your gifts for me I want to push them aside, for Your gifts are far better than the worldly desires of my heart. Amen