“You can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!”
Can anyone read that without hearing Jagger’s cool, distinctive vocals in their head?! I even hear the London Bach Choir coming in with their “Ahhhh”s!
Whether Mick Jagger was talking about love, sex, politics or drugs in his famous lyrics, he was expressing an essential human truth- there is a difference between our human DESIRES and our human NEEDS…though we might not get exactly what we want, if we try, we might just get what we need! I remember challenging my boys when they were young and were appealing to me about something they didn’t have and “needed”… Mom:”Okay, Is that really a need,…or maybe a want?” Of course everything seems a need when we’re young!…even sometimes when we get older!! But it got them thinking about the difference. Then they starting listing things they NEEDED to live- like oxygen, sunshine, food and water. It became clearer and clearer that most of what they thought were needs were really wants they could live without. We even began talking about the things we want, and if they’re all even good for us! How do we know? So many things seem like they will satisfy, but in the end they don’t deliver what we want OR need (another Stones song!)
Well I don’t know, maybe like I heard my boys appeal to me about what they “needed,” God heard me this morning appeal to Him about something I “need”! Believe me, I know God has blessed me with so many “things” in my life…EVERY good gift I’ve ever received is by His Hand. He wants to give me the desires of my heart, but this morning I heard Him say, “I AM ALL YOU NEED.” Beneath those Words was the clear message, “I want to be the DESIRE of YOUR HEART.”-
“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
God satisfies as nothing on earth can-
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
“[He] who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
And if it’s not already clear,…
“…my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
I suppose if God put His own twist on the Stones song, it might sound like this-
“You CAN always get what you want, You CAN always get what you want, You CAN always get what you want, and you don’t have to try, if you just realize, I AM ALL YOU NEED!”
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