It is a great tragedy when our relationship with God is based upon what we believe we can get out of Him. We treat God as if He is a genie in a lamp and our every wish is His command. Unfortunately, this idea is often perpetuated by people who proclaim themselves to be ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Promises of the prestige and riches this world has to offer, they lure people into seeking the treasures of this world rather than the treasure of God that cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed. That is, like I said, a great tragedy because God desires to give us so much more.
Over the past few years, my husband and I have ministered to a number of people who are in the midst of a financial crisis. Often it is the result of some poor choices but not always. A phrase that is often upon my lips is that "God gives us what we need, when we need it." What this means if your car (which you need to get back and forth to work), breaks down to the point that it must be replaced and one way or another God has provided you with $8,000.00 so that you can buy another one, you buy an $8,000.00 vehicle not a $40,000.00 one. Why? Because God gave you what you needed and was best for you. Sometimes that differs from what you want.
Usually as parents, we give our children what they need. They do not always get what they want. However, there are times when we give our children gifts. While a gift can be something a person needs, it can also simply be something they want, something they would enjoy, something that will bring an extra special sparkle to their eyes. A gift is not an ordinary, everyday thing. It is something special.
Yesterday, I received a gift in the mail. It wasn't my birthday or anniversary. It was not Christmas. I hadn't done anything special to warrant the gift, like graduate from college or something like that. In fact, this gift was completely unexpected. This gift was something I wanted but it was also something I could not afford. When I opened the gift, I was speechless. In fact, I was speechless for some time. I would look at my husband who was nearly as stunned as I was, open my mouth, try to speak and nothing would come out. It was completely unexpected and caught me by surprise. When I thanked the person who gave me this wonderful gift, they told me that God had wanted them to give me this gift. Knowing what joy it would give me, God gave me a gift delivered by a friend!
God gives us what we need when we need it but sometimes... sometimes He gives us extra-special gifts simply because He is our dear Heavenly Father who loves to bring a smile to our face and see us dance about with joy.
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I really liked this blog very much. It is always a blessing to share in the joy of another child of God. Thank you for allowing us to share in this special moment with you. Phil
As always, the measure you've given - it is being honored and given back to you. I so thrilled and great blessings and grace to one who pour there heart and life out for others so Christ may be loved and lifted high!
K., you are a wonderful blessing to all and God has a daughter Whom He wants to how and honor.
Great blessings and peace in Him,
[q]What this means if your car (which you need to get back and forth to work), breaks down to the point that it must be replaced and one way or another God has provided you with $8,000.00 so that you can buy another one, you buy an $8,000.00 vehicle not a $40,000.00 one.[/q]
I have to say, this should be self-evident ... but it isn't. I am glad that you stick your neck out, as it were, to teach people these financial truths K, both on CB and among the people around you. It's a hard thing to do because people can get very touchy about it. Yet in doing so ... you're passing on the beautiful gift God gave you: wisdom
God bless you both!