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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

No confessions today: and why God may not give you what you want

The piece I told you about yesterday - the one where I go live with shame - will run tomorrow. If you are looking for it today, alas, your curiosity will simply have to idle. I'll tell you when it's up at her.meneutics, ok? Promise.

And in the meantime, I'll share something I'm learning from Tim Keller and his book, Counterfeit Gods.

"Why is getting your heart's deepest desire so often a disaster? In the book of Romans, Saint Paul wrote that one of the worst things God can do to someone is to 'give them over to the desires of their hearts' (Romans 1:24). Why would the greatest punishment imaginable be to allow someone to achieve their fondest dream? It is because our hearts fashion these desires into idols. In that same chapter, Paul summarized the history of the human race in one sentence: 'They worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator' (Romans 1:25). Every human being must live for something. Something must capture our imaginations, our heart's most fundamental allegiance and hope. But, the Bible tells us, without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, that object will never be God himself."

God may spare you your worst disaster by refusing to give what you ask.

"Sometimes God seems to be killing us when he's actually saving us."

We can't always presume to understand the good that God intends for us. But it is good, whether it feels like it or not.

So if today, you're troubled by prayers that aren't answered and wondering whether God is standing idly by, He is not. He is working actively for your good.

But it may be that your good requires that He withhold something from you.

This, too, you can trust by faith.