Wishes and wants, dreams and desires, that is–part 2.
I (almost) always opt for whatever God chooses to give me instead of merely what I imagine I want. As Ephesians says (3:20): God does exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think. Couple this with the exhortation of Jesus: “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8) Can I go one step further? God says this: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24, emphasis mine). Does this mean that the other verse is true?
You bet: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Paul quotes it at length in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 2:9): “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I know this verse is often quoted with reference to the all-surpassing glory of Heaven. But why can’t it apply to now?
This is a serious matter with God. And as God is not a jerk (if I do say so myself), He’s not going to make us and not fulfill the desires and needs—and curiosity, too—that crop up in our soul and spirit that need sating.
Look at it from this angle: any sin we commit is a skewed refraction of a pure desire (insert any sin here, no big deal). I believe that all sin originates with our turning away from God first. Any outward commission of sin is merely symptomatic of a wholly legitimate need that God cares for more than we.
The prescription God gives for reconciliation is simple: (Proverbs 1:23) “Turn you at my reproof (correction): behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”
Then everyday is a wonderful hybrid of Thanksgiving and Christmas.