When I Don’t Get What I Want

Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know.

Then what? 

As I see it, I have two choices:

Whine and wonder why He isn’t cooperating with me or…

Remind myself of his love, promises, faithfulness, goodness, perfect provision and sovereignty and ask myself how I can better cooperate with Him.

I confess that my first reaction is too often the former.  (It’s a good idea to read through the book of Numbers once in a while to find out how God feels about whining and grumbling.  Not pretty.)  Eventually, however, I remember to get my focus off of myself and raise it up to Him.

Today, at least for this moment, I choose the latter.

Tomorrow, I will have to choose it again.

How do you keep your focus on God’s love, his promises, and his sovereignty? 

6 thoughts on “When I Don’t Get What I Want

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  1. Yes Amen ! It’s tough! The flesh is hardheaded! So I’m much like you ☺ Just one moment at a time . Good post I enjoyed the read 🎺🎷🎹🎻🎼🎶

  2. “How do you keep your focus on God’s love, his promises, and his sovereignty?”

    My prayer for many years was: “God kill me. Just kill me.” If ever God honored a prayer, it was that one. My reason for praying that was Romans 6:11 – “…reckon yourselves dead…”

    The prayer worked death in me and His life at the same time. Yet like you said, “tomorrow I will have to choose it again,” because my old self wants to rise from its grave.

  3. This is great, Judy. We need to keep our focus on God!

    I read a funny Oscar Wilde quote that doesn’t line up with your thoughts here, but I’ll share it. “If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” That could be a funny exercise or a serious one, either tongue-in-cheek or grateful.

    1. Hi Laura, I like that quote! And you’re right, it could go either way. It might start out funny, but then it would be a helpful thought experiment to imagine all the stuff that we truly don’t want and that the Lord has protected us from. Thanks!

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