Posted by: everynation | April 19, 2010

The Gospel According to Mick Jagger

by Steve Murrell
“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need” — Mick Jagger

The problem with life is I usually don’t want what I need. I want exactly what I want. And I want it right now.

What we want and what we need is rarely the same. And, God is much more concerned with what we need, than with what we think we want.

Here are some thoughts i scribbled in my journal this morning while reading Luke 2. Yea, Luke 2 got me thinking about Mick’s popular psalm quoted above.

– The first century Jews wanted a Messiah on the throne. God sent a baby in a barn.
– They expected royalty. They got peasantry.
– They prayed for military deliverance from the Romans. They got spiritual deliverance from sin.
– God announced, “TODAY in the city of David…” But, it was 30 years before that baby grew up and did his first miracle.

They did not get exactly what they wanted, actually quite the opposite. And they didn’t get it when they wanted it, actually decades later.

No matter what is going on in your life today, remember: You can’t always get what you want, but in the end, if you trust God, you get what you need.

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”


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