Thought For Today 08/23/2021: Needs, Wants, Stuff, and God

We should all be very thankful that God did indeed promise to supply our needs, and not grant us all of our wants


By Greg Holt

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

(ICB)  Is not this a fantastic promise from God?  Actually most of His promises are fantastic, and those that are not so great, well if we follow Him then we have no need to fear those other promises.

God promises that He will supply all of our needs.  The key word here is of course “need.”  God did not say that He will supply all of our wants – and with good reason.

This verse and others like it are misinterpreted by some, even willfully I believe.  Like the ones who say that they tried being believers in Jesus, and it just didn’t work for them.  These are the ones who didn’t get what they wanted and then point to this verse and others like it and then say, “see, this isn’t true!”, and, “this didn’t work for me,” etc.  By the way, there is NO trying to believe in Jesus – either you do or you do not.

We should all be very thankful that God did indeed promise to supply our needs, and not grant us all of our wants.  I pity the people who find out that having everything you want is not the same as having everything you need.  Especially if they find this out upon death.

Just imagine for a moment if you got everything you wanted.  I know, it sounds great right?  He who has the most toys wins, or so they say anyway.  You have everything you could ever want, and if you think of something else you want, then you will get that too.  Now imagine your relationship with God.  If you have everything you want, what use would you have for God?

Here is what a few people had to say about getting what you want:

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”  Jim Carey (1)

“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.”  Vicki Robin (2)

“How much money does it take to make a man happy? Just one more dollar.”  John D Rockefeller (3)

Many a person that is rich, is also not happy.  Wealth and possessions are fine to have, but having it all does not make one a happy and satisfied person.  That comes through having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

If we had all that we wanted, our focus would change from God to enjoying all of our “stuff,” our toys etc., and God would be lost in the shuffle.  Our minds would be focused on getting more stuff, more money to get more stuff, and on, and on, and on.

Maybe I’m simplistic, dull, and stupid – but I have no desire to have it all.  I have wants like anyone else of course, but I truly don’t need (or want) a ton of money or anything else.  I do ok, and most of the time that is enough.

I will take my faith in Christ over more money, more of this and more of that.

You can’t take it with you, and money and stuff can’t save you – but God can and will, you need only ask Him to.


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(1) Jim Carey, Goodreads, accessed 08/23/2021, 

(2) Rob Berger, Forbes, Top 100 Money Quotes of All Time, 04/30/2014,

(3) Quote Fancy, Quote Fancy, accessed 08/23/2021,

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  1. “By the way, there is NO trying to believe in Jesus – either you do or you do not.” AMEN! I’ve heard people say, “Yeah, I kind of believe.” WRONG ANSWER! Good post Greg.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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