Have you considered the side effects?

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Today’s chapter: 2 Samuel 7

Television commercials for new drugs make me laugh. For the first half of the commercial, the medicine sounds like exactly what you need to alleviate your joint pain. Even if you don’t have the condition it’s designed to treat, you start wanting this medication just so you’ll be as happy as the smiling people in the commercial.

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Then in the second half of the commercial the announcer begins talking super-fast, like he just downed a couple of Red Bulls, as he lists out all of the potential side effects.

For some people, this product may cause leg cramps, impotence, excessive flatulence, and lockjaw. Women have reported noticing a dramatic increase in ankle hair. Some test subjects have experienced uncontrollable cravings for dairy products and beets. One in ten patients have felt compelled to watch reruns of old sit-com’s for hours. If your trips to the bathroom become greater than 12 per hour, you should consult your physician.

When you hear all the problems that could accompany the pharmaceutical company’s “cure,” suddenly your joint pain doesn’t sound so bad.

Similarly, I’ve found there have been times when if God had given me what I asked for, the side effects would have been disastrous. I’m so glad God loves me enough to bless me in the ways He knows are actually best for me.

That’s probably how David felt when he wanted to build the temple. Even though he didn’t get the blessing he wanted, God blessed him in a way he never expected. God told him through Nathan the prophet that his house would endure forever. And even though he would not be the one to build the temple, his son would have that honor. David was truly blessed.

When we get overly focused on the blessings we want, we overlook the blessings we have. My idea of blessings tends to be that all the traffic lights will be green on the way home, the kids rooms will all be clean, and Erin will tell me I’m right about whatever I say. But a universe built around my whims and preferences isn’t really a blessing at all. God loves me too much to give me whatever I want, when he knows what I really need.

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Today as you pray, before you talk with God about the blessings that you want, thank Him for at least five specific blessings He has already given you.

What are some of the ways God has blessed you?

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