what you would have asked for

image001Pithy, precise, profound — those are the kinds of quotes God often uses to quicken and soften our hearts.

A wise, couple-sentence summation of God’s truth often stills my anxious heart, or alerts me to lies I’m believing in the moment, or cautions me as I consider a wrong path. Some have steadied my heart on days of bewildering sorrow. Some have encapsulated essential theological truths and been used by the Holy Spirit to transform my thinking. And some have helped explain the deep, unexplained yearnings of my soul. All have led to greater love for Jesus.

Today’s particular quote I first read during a particularly painful week. I remember driving along, saying the words over and over to myself, basking in the reminder of the sure power of my heavenly Father’s protective care, and grasping anew that God would only give me exactly what I would have asked for myself if I knew all He knows about His good plan for me.

The sentence pops into my mind now, in all sorts of different circumstances, used of God to help me. I hope you’ll read and store away this quote’s profound truth. From Tim Keller:

“God will only give you what you would have asked for if you knew everything He knows.”



About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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