Resources are scare and we want everything. We don't know whom we think is going to be our Santa Claus, Guardian, or Sugar Daddy but that does not stop us from walking through our lists in our minds. Give me the 3 car garage and the home sauna system. Let me have all the people I need to get the job done at work. Bless me with teenagers who have never known a sarcastic word, live to respect their parents, and are filled to overflowing with confidence and esteem. Oh, can I have an extra portion of those things they call peace, happiness, family, security, and of course mercy? Finally, if I haven't said it yet, can I have a bit of extra money in my pocket?
The list is endless and varies from one person to another and from time to time. We know we cannot have it all but that doesn't stop the list making, longing, and speculation as to what it would take to have it all. “If only” is more that a clich? or passing thought. For many of us it has become a way of thinking and seeing the life. We live for what could be, for what might be, and for what should be.
Wisdom wasn't immune from this thought process. He looked at God and then vocalized what his request for silver bullets would be. It went like this.
“And then he prayed, 'God, I’m asking for two things before I die; don’t refuse me — banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’ If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God.'” (Proverbs 30.7-9)
There isn't much link between Wisdom and my wish list of yesterday. I am thinking of what today's list will be – silver bullets directly from God to me and to you. What will it be? Got it; now a conversation.