Sunday, April 15, 2012

when you get what you ask for

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 "But the people refused to listen to Samuel.  "No!" they said.  "We want a king over us.  Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us, and to go out before us and fight our battles."  1 Samuel 8: 21-22
It didn't turn out so great -- this king thing.  On down the line, there were a lot more kings that lead the people astray than led them closer to the LORD.  The LORD knew the best thing was for the people to allow Him to let Him rule over them, but He decided to let them have the consequences of their own choices.

How many times have I begged and pleaded with God to let me have my own way because clearly, to be like everyone else seems like such the good thing sometimes?  How many times have I turned to the protection and leadership of man instead of the protection and leadership of God?  How many times have I begged and pleaded (perhaps even stomped my foot a few times) for something and God let me have it just so I could experience what that path really felt like?

I want to be in a place spiritually where I am careful what I ask for.  I want to put away my stubborn state of mind and submit to what He wants for me instead of demanding my own way.  I want to look to Him for my ultimate security and His idea of what it means to live a successful and full life.

What about you?  Have you ever pleaded with God for something and then, after He has given it to you, you have realized that it wasn't what you wanted after all?

P.S. Normally I would inject a personal story into this post but I ran a 10 mile race today in humid, warm weather and I just want to go to bed now.  :)

Linking with the lovely Michelle at Graceful.


  1. I begged and worked for something and didn't get it. I was disappointed and a little bitter. Then He later showed me he had something bigger and better. I'm glad He spared me what I sought. It is hard sometimes to know if it is what we want or what He wants for us. I guess that is where it boils down to trust, time alone and wisdom from the Lord.
    Congrats on the 10 mile run. I so miss running.

  2. 10 miles! Aackk! You go, Jen. Proud of you.

    I once asked God to let a certain young man be my husband. God answering "no" was one of the best things that ever happened to me. He had a much better "yes" awaiting me in my now-husband Jeff.

  3. I have asked for many things that i am so thankful I did not get. One that comes to my mind ...I begged God to tell my husband to move to TENN. to be close to my family. I am so thankful Jesus had bigger plans. I know if we would of made that move my husband would not of become a pastor.

  4. Hooray for your running today! And sweet dreams to you. Yes, I'm so thankful that God has wisely vetoed many of my requests over the years. One of them being "please don't let me get pregnant again, Lord. Because my hands are full and I really want to chase a few of my own dreams, too.' When I look at my two "surprises" (number 4 AND 5 :) ) I thank Him over and over again for just ignoring my ridiculous plea and granting me the desires of my heart instead! I've never had more fun in my life than with these two preschoolers :)

  5. Congrats on running 10 miles, Jen! Your post's message was pretty much Pastor Scott's sermon today except he used Judges...but the same idea. God's ways are beyond ours...Blessings to you!

  6. Hi Jen - I've been begging God for something that I know He does not want me to have and when I finally acknowledged that, I had peace, repented and went to work appreciating what I do have, and its not an item or anything like that, it was a change in my life. Great post and great reminder that what we want is not always what God has for us
    God bless

  7. I think you made your personal story needed! Congrats the 10 miles! Hope you wake up well rested and ready to tackle the week!

  8. Those kings teach us lessons don't they? About how NOT to live your life. You inspire me, the way you run those long distances and then write. Oh my!

  9. Oh so many things I've wildly asked for and GOD has said no. When I look back, I am so very thankful for my wise Father in Heaven.

  10. I honestly can't think of a time when God gave me what I asked for and it was not what I needed. Usually He will say no if it's not good for me. I'll have to think on that one. But I do have times when his NO has been a blessing! Two come to mind who are sitting in the other room working on school :)

  11. Ah... this is the walk of a surrendered life... to desire, even earnestly desire, and yet yield those desires to Him Who knows the end from the beginning and has my best interest at heart...

    Trust... it takes trust and truly knowing He has already the plans laid out before us... we just walk in them.

    Blessings to you, and I am so glad to have connected here. Truly.

  12. "Have you ever pleaded with God for something and then, after He has given it to you, you have realized that it wasn't what you wanted after all?"

    Um, yep. But I figger He thought it was in my best interest anyway.


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