What If God Granted You One Wish?

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors.

If you could wave a magic wand and be granted just one wish, what would it be? And what if rather than a magic wand, you simply needed to present that request to God, with the guarantee that it would be given to you? That is, assuming it does not involve something sinful or harmful to others.

Would you ask for perfect health? For that matter, you might ask God to give you 3000 years of life on earth with perfect health. And hey, as long as you're at it, why stop at just 3000 years? You might decide to ask God to give you 100,000 years.

Expand | Collapse

Well, what do you think? Perhaps your mind is gravitating more in the direction of money and material possessions. You might ask God to make you the richest person in the world. Or perhaps the most famous scientist or doctor on the planet.

Better yet, you could ask God to instantly produce world peace, or to remove all suffering from the world. After all, the sky is the limit. You can ask for anything. Hmm. I guess that means the sky really isn't the limit.

Unfortunately, some folks are too closed-minded to even consider this hypothetical scenario. In their minds, "there is no God," and so why even complete the exercise. Well, that kind of person could benefit from remembering what it was like to be a child. And to dream. And I mean dream big.

So even if you don't believe there is a God, you still know how to dream, right? If for no other reason than to show yourself the deepest desire of your heart, go for it. Dream big. And then dream bigger.

Would your wish be "reactionary" in nature? That is, would it be aimed against someone or some group of people? If so, that should be a huge red flag to you. Some people live their lives in bitterness and don't even realize that they are allowing a person or a group of people to dominate their thinking negatively. That is a shame. You were not created to have your mind dominated with thoughts which make you agitated and hostile.

But it's not too late to dream again.

Thankfully, our Creator did more than give us a heart to dream big dreams. He actually made a bunch of fantastic promises to His children. And there is no greater promise than what God said about eternal life in paradise. But I admit, you will need to have an open mind in order to believe this promise. It definitely sounds too good to be true. After all, how could anyone be guaranteed to live forever in a place of perfect peace, unity, love, acceptance, joy, and unending celebration?

Interestingly, most little children easily accept this message when it is presented to them. But as we grow up, we tend to get set in our ways. We assume we know better. And we forget how to dream.

Many unbelievers assume that believers are living in a fantasy world by accepting what the Bible says about heaven. But nothing could be further from the truth. Fantasy land is something people pull out of thin air. Truth, on the other hand, is something God delivers to people. But only those who gladly receive His Word and His promises. That's the only way to gain the benefits.

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.