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Was my purchase God's will?

Discussion in 'Requests for Christian Advice' started by Acc000, Nov 30, 2021.

  1. Acc000

    Acc000 New Member

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    I've recently wanted to buy a guitar but I didn't know if it was greed or not, so I asked some people on the true Christian subreddit for their advice, they said it was ok. But just in case I asked my mom the night before I bought my guitar if she wanted me to buy it, she said I should wait, so I agreed to wait. Today, since we were out of town, I went to a guitar store, and I played an amazing guitar. When I was back in my car I got an idea, that idea was to say to my mom, "oh, I played an amazing guitar and it was only so and so dollars." So, without thinking, I told that to my mom knowing she would let me buy the guitar, and she did. So now, I'm ashamed of guilt-tripping my mother, and I'm worried that God didn't want me to buy that guitar. What should I do? Was it God's will? Do I sell the guitar? Also, one other thing that I might add is that I struggle with legalism, I go crazy over whether I can or can not do something, so now I'm worried that this is just another useless question that I'm going crazy over. Please tell me your opinion and what the Bible says about this.
     
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  2. pdudgeon

    pdudgeon Traditional Catholic Supporter

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    I think you followed your mother's advice. You waited to buy a guitar, and God honored your action of waiting, by showing you the amazing guitar.
    I don't think you have anything to worry about.
     
  3. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Repartee Animal: Quipping the Saints! Supporter

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    1. Unless God tells you, specifically, "do not buy a guitar," it is not a sin to own one.
    2. It is unwise, if you spent money that was earmarked for something else, like groceries, rent, paying down a debt, etc. (A return would be warranted in those situations.)
    3. If none of the above is true, it is perfectly fine for you to own that guitar. (If you get "buyer's remorse" later, you can write that off as a learning lesson.)
    Do you struggle with OCD?
     
  4. zoidar

    zoidar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't think God wants us to live like ascetics. God also wants us to enjoy life. Sure we are to be generous, but we are also allowed to spend a few bucks on ourselves. Why don't you use your guitar to learn some Christian songs and play for your mom and others? You just got yourself a fantastic evangelical tool. ;)
     
  5. Albion

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    From what you wrote, what you told your mother wasn't very far from exactly what happened--the guitar was an unexpected sensation with you and it was affordable. Forget about the guilt feelings.
     
  6. Palmfever

    Palmfever Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In several translations... Proverbs 16:3
    New International Version
    Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

    New Living Translation
    Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

    English Standard Version
    Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

    Berean Study Bible
    Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be achieved.

    King James Bible
    Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
     
  7. friend of

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    Remember Job. He was blessed with wealth and was a godly man still. It's quite possible to have things and be a godly person.
     
  8. Jake Arsenal

    Jake Arsenal Active Member

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    Enjoy the guitar.
     
  9. coffee4u

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    Your profile says you are 20? Are you an independent adult or are you using your mum's money? It's okay to ask your mum things, my 20 year old daughter asks for my advice quite often and I am glad of that. But your mum can't tell you if it's God will for your life or not, that is between you and the Lord. Her advise may be due to how she perceives you using the guitar. Us parents tend to view our kids how they were not always how they are currently. So her advise may be linked back to how you would have treated a guitar at 14 rather than now.

    Most times God isn't going to advise you on things like this. He doesn't mind what you eat for breakfast or what you wear or what you buy unless you are being sinful about them. You have free will, and if you have money it is yours to spend and to save as you see fit. Praying before hand is always a good idea but you may not get a clear answer. This goes back to you now being an adult and making mature decisions. For example if buying a guitar meant you could not pay your rent that would be a bad choice.

    The Bible does have some general principles about money.
    You should not covert it, you should give generously, and make sure to support your family. My daughter wanted to buy a Ukulele, she didn't ask my permission nor did I expect her too. She is an adult and as such needs to make these decisions for herself. She prayed that she would find one at a good price which she did.

    I think maybe your issue here is more you are nervous to make adult decisions for yourself? Perhaps you don't yet feel like an adult.
    But I have to go to an appt.
     
  10. Petros2015

    Petros2015 Well-Known Member

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    Ask your mom what her favorite song is and play it for her :)
     
  11. Sketcher

    Sketcher Born Imperishable

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    Unless you own multiple guitars, probably not greed.
    Learn how to play it well, and make good decisions with the people you meet through this hobby. If I were your parent and got you the guitar, I'd be disappointed and upset if you didn't do these things.
    "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:7.
     
  12. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    God doesn't micro-manage our lives. "guilt tripping" your mother .... you should ask for forgiveness for that .... as you stated you are ashamed .... so this is the Holy Spirit letting you know this.

    The shame is not in the purchase of the guitar ... the shame was in a subtle manipulation of your mother to buy it for you .... the way you went about it.

    Romans 16:18
    For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
     
  13. coffee4u

    coffee4u Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying she bought it? That's not what I got from that.

    >>>"I told that to my mom knowing she would let me buy the guitar, and she did."

    I thought this meant they wanted their mothers verbal approval. I don't see an indication that it was their mothers money.
    I am taking this as an issue of maturity and not wanting to be an adult.
     
  14. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    hmmmmm ... I re-read .... perhaps .... asking someone for advice is not an offense.

    used the term
    ("guilt-tripping my mother")

    ... guilt happens due to some kind of an offense

    guess the poster can clarify if they want.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2021
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