The Greatest Wish

by Lester Young

If I were to ask you to reveal to me your deepest desire, what would it be? Money? Happiness? World peace? Stop and think about it for a moment: in your heart of hearts, what’s your greatest, grandest wish?

Now consider this: what do you think God’s greatest wish is? “Why would God need to bother with ‘wishes’? He’s God! He can have and do whatever He wants!” Well, yes; if you’re alluding to God’s ultimate Sovereignty, that’s absolutely true. But if you take into account how He’s already set up His System, that’s absolutely false – and it’s all because of a widely-known and even more widely misunderstood concept known as “free choice.” But I digress…

Before we go any further, it’s probably wise to lay down a practical, working definition of just what a ‘wish’ is. For our purposes today, we can consider a wish to be a personal desire or longing for something that may or may not happen, something about which you have absolutely no guarantee of. In that respect it’s markedly different from a ‘promise’; which carries with it the word, authority and reputation of the one doing the promising.

Okay, getting back to my previous question. The fact of the matter is that God does indeed have wishes. We know by 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 that God’s desire is for no person who’s ever existed on earth to perish in hell. Yet we also know many people are going to do just that (Matthew 7:13). Do you know what that means? It means a wish of God – the Almighty Creator of everything – is going to go unfulfilled… which is actually pretty amazing when you think about it. How truly powerful that “free choice” thing must be! Digressing again…

But did you realize that’s not even God’s greatest wish? It’s hard for our natural minds to consider anything a bigger desire than wanting everyone to avoid eternal damnation, but if you believe that all Scripture is God-breathed, that’s just what His Word tells us (2 Timothy 3:16). Remember 3 John 2? Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declares, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” And God reaffirms this deepest of desires just two verses later, saying, “I have no greater joy than to hear that My children walk in [the] truth” (3 John 4).

God’s deepest and greatest desire is that His children prosper, progress and do well in every area of life – spirit, soul and body. That means a spirit strong in faith; rooted, grounded and settled in the knowledge that God loves you just as much as He loves Jesus Himself (Luke 2:40; John 17:23; Ephesians 3:16-20; Jude 20). It means a strong soul: a sound and Spirit-led mind, will and emotions (2 Timothy 1:7). And it means a strong body: completely intact, healthy and lacking absolutely nothing – including finances (Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 28:2; Matthew 9:22; Luke 4:18-19; Galatians 3:14). Is it really so difficult to fathom? What parent of any quality doesn’t want that same thing for his or her kids?

Now please don’t construe this to be an attack or indictment of any kind on the depth of God’s mercy and compassion for all people, as though He somehow lacked that final dab of care necessary to save those who will be lost. (I mean, He gave us Jesus, the Best that He had. Short of just cancelling and overriding that “free choice” thing altogether, there’s nothing more He could’ve done to gift-wrap His Salvation for us all [John 3:16-19; Romans 8:32].) Quite the contrary: I see it simply as the telling measure of God’s overwhelming Love for His family that outdistances anything and everything else. It’s a Love so over-the-top that human words could never come close to describing it; a Love so ridiculously great that it’ll even take God Himself all of Eternity to show it to us (Ephesians 2:7). Something that’ll take God an eternity to do?? That’s pretty substantial.

God’s greatest desire is to give us everything He has and is (Matthew 11:27; John 16:15; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 3:19). It’s just The Ultimate Father in action, loving on His family. After all, true Love gives (John 3:16; 1 John 4:16) – It has to; it’s simply what It does by nature. And that kind of giving won’t ruin us because He also gives us discipline and boundaries, things that all children need.

So don’t worry about giving your kids too much. It won’t spoil them – a lotta kids smell like that. Just find some water and dip ’em seven times in it – they’ll be alright.


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2 Comments to “The Greatest Wish”

  1. Once again – fantastic. You are a GREAT teacher. Thank you for your efforts, your insight and the time you take to bring us your teaching. I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving -Sandy

    • Thank you very much, Sandra. I always appreciate your words of encouragement. Thanksgiving has been a blessing, and I hope the rest of the long weekend is great for you and yours. God bless you much!!! 🙂

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