If you had a choice between giving your child what they wanted most or what was best for them–what would you do? What if you knew that what they wanted most was going to prevent them from developing their talent, or worse yet–would destroy them? We wrestle with this because on the one hand, we love our children and we want them to experience the joy of having all they desire; but on the other hand, we don’t want them hurt or destroyed by their own desires. We see what they can’t about themselves.

We are God’s children. He made us and thus, He knows us better than we know ourselves. He sees what we can’t. He also loves us more than we are capable of loving ourselves. One of my most precious lessons from The Father was to allow these words of Jesus to touch my heart: “Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7:9-11‬) You see, I know my deep love for my children–and it’s so far from perfect; but I live like I don’t believe in God’s love for me enough to trust Him. Wow–what more does He need to do to prove it? He has so much of His goodness stored up for me! His Word says: “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans‬ ‭8:32‬) Oftentimes, “all good things” means something much different to us than it does to Him–just like it does with us and our children.

How often do we obsess over things and relationships which will destroy us rather than trust God to give us what He knows will make us joyful and multiply our gifts? We must not live like we know more than God. When we daily learn to trust Him in ALL things, we experience the amazing realization that God’s version of “all good things” is much better than ours. We learn to let go of what we want because we learn that what God has planned is much better!