I shall not want
When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy. C.S. Lewis.
Like the small child who yells in protest when he is removed from the fire he wants to play with, we often have a wrong appreciation of the will and love of our Divine Parent. When the child is older, he will understand it was love, not a selfish desire to spoil his fun that imposed the parent’s will on him.
We are told to ‘Clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ’ Rom 13:14 and to ‘Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus’ Phil 2:5. God, in his great love intends to give us what we need not what we think we want. His purpose is to make us like himself and only he knows how to do this.
Where would our wants take us? Would they really take us to happiness?
The problem with self-determination is that we don’t have enough knowledge. Nor do we have the power to carry out any plan we do manage to conceive and our self-centered motivation skews the whole deal anyway.
Could your mother or your boy/girlfriend plan your life for you? Not likely! They have the same limitations as you, (and then you wouldn’t even be getting what you wanted).
There is of course Satan. He has the knowledge and the power. But his motivation, hate, would drive him use his extensive knowledge and power to destroy you.
God’s great love for you motivates him to use all his infinite knowledge and power for your highest good – if you will let him.
It’s not a case of ‘Too little love’ from God but rather ‘Too much love’. Too much love to leave us to destruct in our own self-will.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Ps 23:1
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