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In God We Trust: Part 2

Asian man against the drawing house and family over grassland.

Can you trust God to look out for YOUR wants?

Financial unity starts with being on the same page with God about money.  But there are 3 deceptions that can stand in the way:    1. If you choose to follow God, you’ll have to give up everything comfortable, 2. you ultimately do have to look out for yourself, and 3. The world’s wisdom is just as good as God’s.

In this post, we’ll discuss the second deception:   that only you can satisfy your “wants.” If you don’t look out for them, nobody else will.

The Truth is that nobody—not even you– can look out for your wants the way God can.   “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). He cares about your wants every day, so don’t try to fulfill them your own way!

Opening up your wants before anyone can be a very vulnerable feeling, especially in the church, where it may not be popular to talk about having a desire for material things.  Or even in your marriage, since your spouse might not understand or agree with you.  But if you keep your wants to yourself, you could become consumed by them, obsessed about them, or driven to fulfill them yourself.  Not good options!  God’s listening ear is the only place that is always safe to bring your deepest desires because He knows exactly how to respond. He can fulfill them, distract you from them, or even lovingly override them. I’m not saying you shouldn’t share them with anyone else; I’m just saying that prayer will always be the best place to share.

I remember when the cute-little two-door car that I bought in college was no longer comfortable.  We had a 2-year-old and a baby, both in car seats.  But we were committed to living on one income, and the car was already paid off.  I didn’t want to put unnecessary pressure on my husband by telling him that I wanted a larger car.  So I talked to God about it.  And to make a long story short, He gave my husband the same desire for a larger vehicle, and He provided for it!

Take the next step to freedom and unity by asking God to help you be willing to talk to Him about your wants, and to trust Him to care for and about them, praying:  Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

Reflection:  “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16).   

Journal:  After meditating on the verses above, how would you answer the opening question?  Share your thoughts below!

2 Responses so far.

  1. Dan Hardt says:

    Perhaps one strategy is to make sure that we are consciously aware of our wants – after all, somewhere underneath our wants are desires and longings that God created in us – but to make sure that our wants for things like certain relationships, material items ,lifestyles (ex: retirement), etc do not become our driving force in life. Only God can be the driving force that truly satisfies.

    • niadavenport says:

      Very true, Dan. And it’s so freeing to know that God isn’t angry with us when we struggle with those drives. He lovingly and continually offers Himself to us as the One true source of satisfaction!

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