Why God Has Denied Me Super Powers

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.  Psalms 34:10

Mark Altrogge writes:

This is an unbelievable promise. Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.  Not some good things.  But NO good thing.

I would think that super powers would be a good thing. Of course, then I’d have to get a secret identity, buy expensive costumes, and spend lots of my time fighting crime.  Maybe super powers wouldn’t be such a good thing.  Super hearing would probably be really annoying when you’re trying to have a conversation with a friend in Starbucks and you can hear every conversation, slurp of coffee, and fly walking on the ceiling for 5 miles around.

But seriously wouldn’t a husband be a good thing for a single mom? And healing a good thing for a sick person? Wouldn’t wealth be a good thing for someone in poverty?

It seems like it would be a pretty good thing for God to take away every one of my trials.  Yet he doesn’t do that.  I’m asking God for a number of good things – at least they seem to be good things to me – that he hasn’t seen fit to give me yet.  So how does this square with his promise that those who seek him will lack no good thing?  Puritan David Clarkson says:

“A father who loves his child only keeps things from him for his good, because he loves him. You can conclude that if you lack something of enjoyment, it is withheld since it is not best for you.”

“Afflictions are far from being signs of Christ’s hatred. Many times they are evidence of his love (Hebrews 12:6-11). The people of God only lack what is bad for them. God has promised to withhold no good thing.”

If it seems like we lack some good thing, it is because we’re limited in wisdom. In his infinite wisdom and love, God knows what would be truly good for us and the best timing to give things to us.

Read Mark Altrogge’s entire blog post here:


About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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