As a Dad I have always enjoyed being able to give my children things that they have either needed or wanted. The joy on their faces has always brought a joy to my heart.
It is the same with my staff. When we began we had very little in the way of equipment. We got by using old gear or by doing things the long way. Over time we have been able to purchase what they needed to improve what they produce through their work. When we have been able to do this I have felt a sense of happiness because my staff are pleased with what they are able to achieve with the new equipment.
I think God is the same. He wants to give to us not just what we need but also what we want.
However Rosemary and I know that even though we have had the ability to give our children what they want at times, making them wait has an important part to play in their development as maturing people. In life, as we all know, we can’t have what we want just because we want it.
Waiting produces endurance and perseverance and this produces an ability to plan and work hard.
Often we want God to provide for our needs immediately but God might withhold for reasons that we do not know and on other occasions this will turn out far better than if we had got what we asked for immediately.
God wants us to put our needs before Him and to ask with passion and conviction saying to God, ‘I trust in your provision as you know all things and know what I really need and you will provide it at the right time.’
This balance between asking and trusting is at the heart of spiritual growth and maturity.
ACTION: Today put your needs before God in detail. I keep a list and often pray through it.
GOSPEL READING: John 12: 20-33
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