Needs vs. Wants

Photo credit: Miss Kristen
Photo credit: Miss Kristen

Every good economist knows that needs and wants are two different things. And in the secular realm, indeed they are. But, how about in the Christian life?

As Christians, we understand that God supplies all our needs.  Philippians 4:19 iterates that fact perfectly. But, what about our wants?

There are several verses in the Bible that speak directly to God giving us the desires of our heart. Psalm 37:4 for example says, “Take delight in the LORD and He will give you your heart’s desires” (NLT). Desires. Wants.

Luke 12:29-31 says, “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things.  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need” (NLT).

God promises to provide for our needs, but also our wants. No, God is not a genie who grants our every wish, but He knows what we need and what is good for us.

So, why don’t we have what we want sometimes? Maybe because we haven’t fulfilled our part of the verse that says, “Take delight in the LORD.” Or, maybe God’s timing and ours are different. Have you talked to God about your desires? As you draw closer to God, and as you give Him control of your life, you want what He wants for you.

So, my challenge is simple: Tell God what you need, what you desire, and thank Him for what you have. Know and trust that He is bigger than a desire you may have, and He ultimately knows what’s best for you. As a good Father, God will not give you something you beg Him for if He knows it’s not good for you. You want what’s best for yourself, right? God does, too, and your trust in His good judgment is key to waiting on Him to supply your needs and wants.

~ Miss Q

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