Php: 4,11-12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Why is it we long for only the very best God can give us, have we all forgotten about Job and what he had to say?
Job 1:21,22 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Here we can see that Job showed that no matter what happens , God is to be praised, due to the fact everything on and in the earth is His and that if He chooses to give or take, that is up to him and that being God it would not be out of malice but always for the greater good which we can not yet see.
But today there are those within the Church who preach that God wants nothing but good for us all and that a truly loving God would never allow us to suffer in any way. This is not to say that you should not have wealth, but we truly need to see that it is not ours to do what we want with it when we follow Christ. Any wealth we are given is to be used for our needs and then what ever is left for the needs of others. So that then the others will truly see you are from the Father, just as Jesus was seen to be: Giving up all the riches of Heaven to come down here to show us just how the Father wants things done- even to the point of death if need be.
Remember , we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and then all our needs will be met no matter what; not wants but needs -there is a big difference!
James teaches us we should learn and not seek after our own desires, but the will of the Lord in our life. Jas 5:10, 11 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
So therefore, be not lead to believe all you will hear from the pulpit before you have studied it for yourselves under the unction of the Holy Spirit, not under man's leading. For we are all told of the fact that such men will come and teach these things.
1Ti 6:5, 6 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.