I need your help.  I know you’ve thought about this.  Doesn’t matter how strong your faith is, you wish some things were different.

In fact, you wish God were different.

I’m writing a message series for the summer (or fall) of 2011 called “I Wish”.  In it, we’re going to talk honestly about ways we wish God was different, and then try to figure out the reason he’s chosen not to be that way.

Let me give you an example.  For years, I have wished God would in the pain and suffering in people’s lives. It’s been a personal prayer in my life at times on my behalf and often on behalf of others.

After years of puzzling over it, it finally dawned on me that while we want a God who rescues us from pain, instead we have a God who enters into it with us. So in the series, we’ll spend a week unpacking that in the series and then move on to the next “I Wish”.

So what do you wish was different about God?

In fact, I’d love for you to comment and then share this post with your friends (whether they go to church or not) and get as many people weighing in on this as possible.  I think it will make for an incredible series.

So, finish this sentence:

“I wish God….”




  1. ZN on August 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I wish God would work with humans, rather than through them. I also wish God would stop letting evil have the best of this life and let people who do good have the rewards they deserve now, rather than face uncertain results at the end. I wish God would speak in a way humans can understand Him when they need advice. I wish God would fix the ailments I have that prevent me from performing and serving for Him more. I wish God didn’t bring me into life already tainted by sin and allow me to be and do good not for myself, but for Him.

    I wish for a LOT, honestly. I could go on.

  2. S on June 1, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I wish living God’s plans for you wasn’t endless suffering and having to destroy your spirit in the process. I sometimes wish that he worked for us and not for what he wants. I wish in his eyes that our pain wasn’t required for peace in the afterlife. I wish that people wouldn’t say that we suffered because Jesus suffered. Suffering would still exist if he never walked this earth. I wish in this world I have more chances to be truly happy.

  3. Lucille on April 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I wish God would tell me directly what He wants me to do with my life, for Him. I wish He’d make it crystal clear what my purpose is for His glory.

    I wish God would explain why very bad things happen to very good people.

  4. christopher on September 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I wish God could share with me exactly how BIG he really is.
    I know my mind would likely explode and if I survived that, I’d have no reason for faith…

    Really, it comes back to what I wish for myself…I believe that God is perfect and that everything that happens in life is according to His plan, that gives me peace to know that one day it will all be revealed, but that doesn’t seem to help me deal with my own failings day to day … So… I wish I was more dilligent in my pursuit of someone who pursues me fully. I wish I was more reliant on Him than me. I wish I could find myself in HIS space rather than looking over my shoulder wondering if He is with me…

    Carey, I’ve just read this entry for the first time…did you already present this series to your congregation?

  5. rob duncan on July 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I just revisited this theme recently, about how I wish I knew “God’s personal Will for my life”, and actually prayed about wanting Him to reveal it to me. Do you know what He said to me (in the Spirit, of course, but a definite “voice”)?
    He said, “surpise Me!” It seems He has thrown it back on me, and in words that really reveal how He operates in “personal” ways! Hmmm…who says that God doesn’t have a sense of humour?!!!

  6. Amanda on June 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I wish god didn’t let bad things happen to good people

    I wish god wouldn’t take the young

    I wish god would ” speak ” louder

  7. Abby on May 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I wish that when I’m walking through the trials of life that I always “felt” God’s love. I “know” He’s there, I “know” He loves me and that sustains me…but He gave me the ability to feel and I wish He allowed me to feel His love and His presence more during the hard times.

    I wish that God was never silent.

  8. David Willard Jr on May 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I wish God operated more like the Book or Acts. I know it’s up to us to be his Church but for some who’s friends and families have been devistated by sinful man or twisted religions reaching them can be hard. Then again in this day and age seeing a group of men with flames above their heads and speaking languages not their own would be met with claims of ” awesome effects dude!”

    • Carey on May 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

      I love hearing all of this. Thank you. I got another one via twitter last night:

      ‘ll wish things different about myself instead. Maybe I could fit myself into God’s mold, rather than fitting Him into mine.”

  9. Michelle on May 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I wish God would give more confirmation of people we love being ‘okay’ after they pass. I don’t want details, I just want to know they are somewhere and content. Even just somewhere..

    I wish He would make some things better able to coexist.. like the life appreciation that is gained from tasting your own mortality everyday.. and the ability to exercise that appreciation and have more time (and energy and focus) to change the world with it.

  10. Jessica on May 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I wish God was physically here…not just his spirit. There are days where I just want a REAL hug fro him.

  11. David Moody on May 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I wish God would keep the fallen parts of my life that I willingly give Him, so that I can’t take them back, sneak them back or pretend that we can actually share joint custody of them.

    • Carey on May 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Love this…thanks for today’s additions. You guys are really helping us think through this series. Anything else?

  12. Robert on May 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I wish God would justify eternal damnation after only a single lifetime of sin!

  13. Stephanie Whitacre on May 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I wish God would come down and clear up the misunderstandings of who is for him and who is against him. That he would point to certain groups and say, “That’s not me.” Not that I want hellfire for those misusing his name; just that the world would no longer see Christians as hateful and condemning. But maybe that’s more of an us thing than a God thing…

  14. Carrie on May 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I wish God would show his presence more clearly so that non-believers/scientific type people would see more evidence that He is real.

  15. Linda on May 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I wish God had a stronger presence during trials. Even knowing He is there, sometimes we feel so alone.

  16. Carey on May 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Another that came in via inbox overnight:

    I wish there was faith to see. Maybe someday.

  17. Laura Fournier on May 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I wish God would give me a clear definition of what He wants me to accomplish in this life. I’m sure He has plans for me, and I’m open for variations but…I’d like some clarity and maybe even be part of the planning process. Clear, audible direction like the Burning Bush would be great. Or even better, surround me with a cloud so we can have an intimate conversation. Understanding the ultimate goal greatly influences the decisions I make regarding work, home and relationships etc. So, why wouldn’t God want to provide His willing servant with a clear game plan? It would certainly eliminate any question regarding the path I would take to get there.

    • Carey on May 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

      Thanks Laura and Helen. So true. How God communicates with us is definitely going to be one of the weeks in the series. Thanks!

      What else do you wish about God? Keep em coming?

  18. Helen on May 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I wish God would communicate with me in ways that I can clearly understand. I know we’re told that he communicates with us through the Bible but often I’m left with more questions than I had in the first place! Im envious (and mistrustful) of people who say “God told me to do such and such”. I mean, how do they really know? And why doesn’t he tell me things? I find it frustrating.

  19. rob duncan on May 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I wish God was more “human”…it’s sometimes difficult to deal with Him “spiritually”…I would love to be able to talk face to face with Jesus!

    • Carey on May 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      This is all so authentic and helpful. Thank you so much everyone. Keep it coming.

      Got this one as a DM tonight: I wish God…gave us tangible evidence that he exists.

  20. Aimee on May 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I wish God would answer instantly and audibly, or at least in a very specific memo of sorts.
    I wish God would give us automatic understanding when we face trials.
    I wish God would eliminate self esteem issues and the things that cause them.

  21. Jocie on May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I wish God would let me in on a little of what His grand plan for my life is.

  22. Cindy Rose on May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I wish God could sit down over a cup of coffee to have a heart to heart talk with me face to face

    • Carey on May 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Karrie…such a sad but important wish. And Cindy…that would be awesome!

  23. Karrie on May 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I wish God would protect children from predators.

  24. Irene on May 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    1) I wish God were more of a friend than a father

    2) I wish God did not see all that I do or know all my thoughts

    3) I wish God let us see good triumph over evil more in this life

    4) I wish God allowed me more control over my life, gave me the
    answers I wanted, let me follow the path I set out

    5) I wish God made it easier to believe in Him and follow Him

    • Carey on May 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Irene…some new thoughts in this for me. Thank you…

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