Genie In The Lamp


“Three men were trapped on a desert island. As the days slowly went by, they dreamed of what it would be like to be back at home with their friends and family, to be back at their jobs doing the things they loved. One day, one of the men found a lamp that contained a genie. He opened the bottle and the genie announced that he would grant each of them one wish.

One of the men said, ‘I want to be back in Seattle with my wife and kids.’ POOF–he was gone. The second man immediately said, ‘I want to be back in Portland with my fiancé,’ and again in a flash, he was gone.

The third man was left all alone sitting on the sandy beach. He said, ‘Boy, it is really lonely without my friends. I sure wish they were back here with me again.’ And POOF” (

It is funny how short-sighted we can be. We get focused on the present instead of the future. We get focused on wants instead of needs. We get caught up in what we don’t have instead of what we do. As I child, I remember asking God for a Lamborghini. Today I drive a 2003 truck. I had asked God for a victory at a championship soccer game. We lost. There have been plenty of things I’ve asked for over time, many of which I never received. Oddly, sometimes we treat God as if He were some magical genie. We ask God for outlandish things and become disappointed when the delivery truck doesn’t pull up.

The bottom line is, we don’t always know what is best for us, God does. God can see the big picture; we don’t even know what will happen in the next few seconds. God will give us what we need, but not everything we want (Matthew 6:8). It’s important to remember that God is God, and we are not.

God is not a genie in a lamp, just waiting to fulfill our every wish and desire. In reality, He is much better than some genie. God loves us and cares for us. He even protects us from ourselves and our selfish desires. Let’s learn to be more trusting of God. He truly knows what is best for us. Therefore, let’s echo Jesus’ attitude when He prayed, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done,” (Matthew 6:10) and “not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

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