It would do us well to realize that we need to be thankful that God doesn't give us everything we ask for. What a merciful, truly merciful God we have, and I have very much to be thankful for.
I have been thinking about this for the last few days. In September I posted a poem by Ruth Bell Graham, 'Had I been...' The poem keeps coming to my mind over and over, man's desire verses God's sovereign purposes.
I believe Paul put it this way in Romans 12 :2 : "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." That good, and acceptable and perfect...' What else is there? What else would God's will be, but good, acceptable and perfect?
I am learning this in a new and intimate way, that is, the difference between what I ask for, or shall I say "my good and perfect will ?" It is humbling, when I read the wisdom in this poem. Perhaps the Lord looks down on me many times and says, as He said to James and John "...Ye know not what ye ask." (Jn 10:38).
"No, Lord, I do not, and yet You are kind and long suffering with me, even comforting me in my follies, coming to me by Your Spirit and reminding me that he that lacks wisdom can ask from You, Who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not." (James)
And what else of that scripture can I glean in Romans 2 about my Lord's good, acceptable and perfect will, but that in order to know it I must have my thinking and my mind renewed, that I must be transformed, yielded, and surrendered. More on that to come...