So Much Better

Sunday, April 19, 2015

        Want is a powerful feeling: it so often consumes a soul. It can be good and evil because it only reflects the attitude of a heart. If your heart is evil, your wants are evil. Sometimes, though, I desire things that aren’t bad – some of them could even be considered good – but that desire consumes me so that it becomes an idol to the One I’m supposed to desire.

            This subject has been eating me alive this weekend. I’ve desired things that have kept me from connecting with my Creator, although I’m not even sure I could put my finger on what that desire is. It’s funny though, because I was just now scrolling through Pinterest, bored out of my mind, and I found this quote:

          “God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful – ‘severe mercies’ at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts’ desires except to give us something better.”
-          Elisabeth Elliot

            Then I realized, out of all of the things that I so greatly want, even out of the greatest things I could possibly imagine, God can always, without a doubt, offer something better. He always knows what better is. In fact, He knows what best is. He know what I need to succeed in Him, and He knows what I need to give Him the most glory possible in my life. He knows what situation I should be put in so that I can not only learn something myself, but be able to encourage others because of the circumstances I’ve been through. God is completely sovereign in my life. I am His child, and I am under His care.

            This week, I also read Hebrews 11:39-40.  It reads, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

            And with that I realized that our true purpose is to be united with Christ forever and ever, but we still have a mission on earth that needs completing. God knows what we want. He knows that I would give nearly anything to move to Australia and live by a gigantic library, but He has something so much better planned. He offers life with purpose an meaning on this earth and eternal life with Him in heaven, and so many great things in between that time.

            Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

            Jesus can take the smallest lives and make them meaningful. He can surround us with a church body who loves Him and strives for Him, and friends who can encourage us in our faith and be with us in our times of sorrow.

            So if you ever find yourself speaking to me and I can’t stop talking about what I want or what I believe I need, stop me, and remind me that what God has in store for me is better, and I’ll remind you of the same.

Thanks for reading,
Mary Shelley


  1. Amen <3 I've been feeling a similar thing lately as well, how quickly I lose focus that the greatest thing and the goal of our lives should be to please God, and how easily we let idols take that place in our lives!
    Thanks for this reminder, I really needed it today <3

    1. You are so welcome! I'm so glad I could help! Thanks for stopping by!
      God Bless,
      Mary Shelley


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