(Principle number 3)
God Often Gives People What They Want Even If Less Than Ideal
God is love. Love wants to share.
True agape love always seeks the good of others; it is other-centered rather than self-centered.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt 7:11)
God said to Solomon:
“Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” (2 Chron 1:12)
Earlier, God to David through the prophet Nathan:
“And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.” (2 Sam 12:8)
God showed to David that He had given much to David and would have given Him even more. There was no need for David to seek pleasure outside of God’s will. He was concerned about David’s happiness and well-being and that of all the people. He has the same concern for us.
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:22)
God has such a giving nature that perhaps He even finds it hard to not give people what they want. I have said a number of times to our study group “God’s ultimate goal is to make as many people as possible as happy as possible for as long as possible.” That is just what a God of love does.
God actively looks for opportunities to give, to bless, to make others happy – that is the God we can look forward to spending eternity with! Wow!
Allowing His people to have free will implies allowing them to make choices even when the consequences of those choices may not be the best.
There are many examples in scripture of this. See examples of where God gave people what they wanted. (PAGE COMING SOON) (As mentioned above, these will be combined with examples of God taking circumstances into account and God respecting the wishes of others.