You Can’t Always Get What You Want


Two of the most known and famous scripture verses are often vastly taken out of context. The first being from probably the most famous psalm written by David saying “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” And the second being a well known verse in Philippians written by the apostle Paul that says “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

Both verses referring to God as our protector and our provider. But if we are not careful, when taken out of context, these verses can seem like God is going to give us whatever we want. On the contrary, when we take a closer look at these verses, we will see a quite different meaning. God is not a genie that is going to grant our every wish and want at our beckon call, but He is a loving father that is going to make sure we have everything that we need in life.

Louie Giglio, the pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion conferences, made an interesting observation when talking about the first verse of Psalm 23 in his message at the Code Orange Revival at Elevation Church last year. He said that when David says “I shall not want” it’s not because God is going to grant his every wish and therefore he won’t want for anything but it’s because he trusts that God knows better than him on what is best for David. David knew that God being a good shepherd would know what David would need in his life and therefore he would lack nothing. He knew if God didn’t give it to him than he must not have needed it.

Just like David, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd (See John 10:11). When our desires align with His, we will have everything we need. When we trust that He knows best for our lives, we will lack nothing. When we believe that if He didn’t give it to us than we don’t need it, we will be content. 

When we think like that we might not get what we want, but we will have what we need.

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