Daily Devotional – 12/7/15 “Want vs. Need!”

You may not get what you want but you’ll surely get what you need. Ask the lame man at the gate of Beautiful. He asked Peter and John for money but instead, he got healing. Want vs NeedSee, had they given him money; he would have been right back the next day begging again. But because Peter gave him his healing, he can now get up and work for a living. He didn’t get what he wanted but he got what he needed. It’s the same for somebody reading this. You’ve been bombarding God with prayers for something specific and it still hasn’t shown up. The enemy will make you think God isn’t listening when beloved, it’s the opposite. God is listening but He knows what you’re asking for, you aren’t ready for so He’ll give accordingly. What do I mean? Well, you asked Him to send you a part-time job but instead your current job start offering overtime. God knows you can’t handle the part-time job right now (plus it’ll take you away from worship). You ask God to send you a spouse but instead He allowed you to see the person standing in front of you to see if you’d give in to temptation. God isn’t testing you to fail but He’s simply trying to see if you’re ready.

Oh Saint, God doesn’t make failures and quitters yet we have to go through, sometime. God will not always give you what you want but He’ll supply you with what you need. You want a house but you need an apartment so that you can become a better steward of your money. You want a car note but what you really need is a bus pass because you didn’t keep up the maintenance on the last one you had (you’re not ready). You want a promotion but you need more training, what’s the sense of being promoted only to be demoted (wait your turn). You want to be a pastor but what you need to be is a preacher first. You want to be the leader but you really need to get following down first. You want to be loved but you need to learn how to love yourself. You want to go but you need to learn how to stay where you are, every once in a while. Please understand, sometimes your wants and needs may be on the same accord and sometime they won’t. But you need to realize that in God saying no, there’s a reason. Look for it in His delay because although you may not get what you want, God will definitely give you what you need.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 12/7/15 “Want vs. Need!”

  1. Hi!
    I apologise and I don’t want to upset anyone, but this is the biggest lie going around and has literally no scriptural basis for this belief, In fact God said “I do not give you stones if you ask for bread” .
    I respect this opinion, but nowhere in the bible does it say this “God will only give you what you need”. The man asked for “alms” which is something they gave to the poor, There was nothing motivationally wrong worth his request, I’m sure he was plenty able to use the alms if it had been give to him, but they had something BETTER. In fact the bible is pretty clear in the fact that God is faithful, in every way. And there is no other scripture supporting this belief, except that your motives are in the wrong place. There is nothing wrong with wanting something, even a mansion or a Ferrari! It’s natural to want beautiful things, all of heaven is beyond glorious and beautiful, and we naturally desire this! It is a God-given thing to want to grow in every way, and if you ask God for it, he will align your motives, beliefs and behaviour so you are able to receive his love and receive his gifts. God says “I do not give you stones for bread”. Jesus said “I can to give you life, that you may have it abundantly!” “Ask anything in my name, and I will give it to you. Yes, anything!” He did not say “only ask if you really need it” or “I’ll only give it to you if you deserve it or worked for it or will use it wisely”. He says “give freely as I have given to you” There are no conditions, he gives it because he loves us. All it requires is faith in him, and you will learn all you need along the way. Love is undeserved. God wants to spoil his children rotten if only we’d allow him to. God made all his faithful Israelites filthy rich!
    I’m not making some kind of stance for selfishness, it’s quite the opposite. God gives abundantly so we can give abundantly, so we don’t need to be selfish, and trust in him for our whole life, and worship him for it. Obviously, the relationships and spiritual gifts are always the best ones.
    Sorry but I’m tired of hearing this belief! I love you as a sister in Christ, and I hope you draw truth from this.
    God has literally given me everything I’ve asked Him for, an I’m so thankful!

    1. Thank you for sharing your opinion however I didn’t say God would not give us what we ask, whether it be need or want. What I did share was this … sometimes at the moment of our ask, we may not get what we want and instead God will give us what we need. This man, who wanted alms also needed healing. You missed the entire concept of this devotional. Yes, I may want a Ferrari but God knows, at this point in my life while I’m living in some apartments and working three jobs that I need a Honda. It is not about discounting what God can do for us but it’s about Him giving us what we need, when we ask. God can absolutely give us what we need AND want. If He didn’t, none of us would be where and what we are today.

      I hope this clarifies it more for you.
      God bless.

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