by Eric Dunbar
We can have whatever we want, provided we ask God. Have you ever heard someone say, “God gives us what we need, not what we want?” I have had four people tell me this within the last three days, and it is simply not true. Religion has somehow convinced the people of God that God only gives us what we need, and not what we want. The devil is busy. He wants to smear God’s name by making us repeat untruths about God. This is one of those untruths.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). To know the truth concerning God, it is absolutely necessary to read God’s autobiography. God has the #1 bestselling autobiography of all times–the Bible.
Our God is a generous God. He always gives us more than enough. The Bible does not state that God only gives us what we need. In fact, Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). If we ask God, He will give us what we ask of Him. God already knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8).
Ask God: What the Bible Says
God fed the children of Israel in the wilderness with manna. But when they complained about the manna, they asked God for meat and He gave them quail. They needed food so God gave them manna. They wanted meat, so God gave them quail. (Exodus 16).
God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Solomon asked God for wisdom. God gave him what he asked and more. God also gave Solomon riches, making him the richest man to ever live. (1 Kings 3). Why did God give Solomon riches when he asked for wisdom? The answer is clear; God gave Solomon riches because although he did not ask for riches, that is what Solomon really wanted. Note God’s answer to Solomon: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:11-13).
The Bible says that God knows what we want before we ask. In Solomon’s case, he didn’t ask for gold and riches, but God knew he wanted them.
Here’s the one thing about faith that we must remember: Faith gives you whatever you say. If you say, “God only gives me what I need,” then God will only give you what you need. If you say, “God gives me whatever I desire,” then God will give you whatever you desire. Don’t e a snare to what you receive from God. Lay religion on the side and receive what God has for you.