Be Careful What You Wish For

Because you just might get it all. I’m not really referring to the song Home by Daughtry, although I like it.  I’m actually thinking about the Israelites and how they desperately wanted a king.  God told them they didn’t want a king but they assured Him that they did. Now they are fighting like madmen according to the Old Testaments books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. I think we can learn something here. How many times have we wanted something we don’t have?  Almost everyday.  I know I’m guilty of it.  I want to be an author.  I want to be debt free.  I want to have my children obey me.  I want, I want, I want. While being an author, having financial freedom and obedient children are all good things, I can get so stuck in the wanting that I quit walking in gratitude.  And when I quit walking in gratitude, I not only begin to have a sense of entitlement come over me, I also miss many blessings along the way. Sometimes the blessings come in the difficult times.  Of course we don’t always see it until we are back up on the mountain. Where are you walking these days?  Gratitude or entitlement? Don’t be shy.

6 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For”

  1. Both! I try so hard to always be grateful but I ‘m human….I think ;-)…but when the ‘want’s’ take over too much of my life, God reminds me how blessed I am. We serve an awesome God. Thank you, Cindy, for you thoughts and words.

  2. Argh! ! This is one I struggle with daily … knowing I have so, so much to be thankful for but finding myself wanting more (and it’s usually materialistic stuff that I don’t really need) or comparing my life to others. I make myself stop and list the blessings in my life to bring me back to the reality of how truly blessed I am.

  3. Great point. At times it’s both. For the most part I like to think it’s gratitude. Unfortunately, because of my human nature I get stuck in the entitlement mode. Thanks for the reminder! Praise God!

    P.S. I’ve also started this blog: A Wife’s Reflections.

  4. This passage is so true! I never thought of it like that but, God has a way of sitting us down to remind us of his blessings!

  5. Thank you, I found ur site thru your SF devotionals & it is a blessing… About ‘want’, I have been battling with this for past year, not for anything material….but I so want a home, I want to be part of a church, I want a ‘normal’ life, I want a husband and a family… at 40yrs, tomorrow :)) this is not happening. 5months ago I resigned from work as I was so unhappy and felt that God was calling me to give my family n friends my time (which I haven’t done in… forever, and they do live on different continents in the world). I was obedient (for the 1st time ever) and I thought it would heal this longing i have, sadly it is not to be. I realised the other day when I was talking to my dad that I am not excited and actually I have a sadness about my new job as I was so much hoping that my current boyfriend and I would be starting a life together. We are not breaking up but in 1months time I will be moving (yet again) and setting up a mobile home in Thailand and as much as my work sounds so glamorous living in beautiful parts of the world, I cant but help wanting what I don’t have and have never had! I do thank God each and every day that I am blessed enough to have Him as my Church and that He takes care of me and I sit on Jeremiah 29:11, started a gratitude journal and I am so thankful for all in my life, I just had a sad longing!!!
    I will continue in my thankfulness, your storey has shown me to persevere and God knows and will give me the longing in my heart when the time is right.
    Thank you.

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