The Difference Between Needs and Wants

A devotion on Philippians 4:19

My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 4:19

When my granddaughter was a toddler, instead of saying she wanted something she would always say she needed something.

For example, if she wanted to go outside to play, she would say, “Nanna, I need to go outside.” Or when she wanted chocolate covered raisins (her favorite snack), she said, “Nanna, I need yummy raisins.”

Sometimes we do the same thing—we confuse our wants with our needs.

And when we don’t get what we want, we accuse God of not keeping His promises. We accuse Him of not being there for us. But that simply is not true. God always has, always does, and always will supply all our needs out of the wealth of the universe, which is His.

When we recognize the truth that God really does supply all our needs – and that His denying us some of our wants may better for us than granting our every whim - we will discover what a blessing it is to be God’s precious child and a recipient of His vast treasures.


Dear God, Thank You for sharing Your wealth with me. Thank You for knowing what I need—even better than I do—and giving it to me. Help me to not equate Your granting my selfish desires with Your love for me. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.


How will I express my thanks to God for supplying me with what I need?