Thursday, February 18, 2016

Needs vs. Wants ... but God often provides both (Philippians 4:17-20)

Today’s scripture: Philippians 4:17-20

When you stop to think about it, we have very few needs. We need water and food to sustain our bodies. We need shelter to protect us from the elements. We need relationships. And in our society, we need some method of financial trade.

That’s about it.

We don’t need big, fancy houses. We don’t need the latest car or gadget. We don’t need trendy clothes. We don’t need jewels or filet mignon.

And God promises to supply all our needs, not our wants. The amazing thing? Sometimes He also provides our wants as well. It’s okay to pray for our wants. Over a decade ago, when my husband and I wanted to buy a larger home for specific reasons, I prayed about it. I wanted God’s will in that purchase, and He worked it out beautifully.

More recently, our move from Southern California to East Tennessee was a series of open doors as God answered a long-held prayer of mine to live in the South.

Our God, like a loving father, desires good things for His children, and He will care for us. He will supply our needs. And sometimes our wants, as well.

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