I asked God to take away my pain.
God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

Do you understand God loves you so much that He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to die on the cross as a substitute for you so that your sins could be forgiven and you could be reconciled to God? Jesus gladly died on the cross for you and me! He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself, so that we could receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus!

When we confess our sins and ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, we are adopted into God's family and we become the children of God. He then begins to speak to us and guide us into a proper knowledge of who He is and what He expects of us. God has promised that he always will do that which is best for us. He said:

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

The Bible also says, "The fear of the Lord (reverence, respect and obedience to God) is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge and understanding." (Psalms 111:10 & Proverbs 1:7 & 9:10).   God will always guide us to do the right things and help us if we seek His guidance and follow what He tells us. God always does the best things for us even if we don't understand how the circumstances in our life are working for our good:

"And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

If you have understood that Jesus died in your place and have already received His gift of eternal life, Praise the Lord!! -- If not, why not receive Him right now? ---

We encourage you to refer to the LIFEQUEST "Food for Thought" topics of Salvation and Gospel which will further explain what He has done for you, how much God loves you and show you how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

God bless you and have a great day!