Sometimes it is easier to pour out my fears, weaknesses, sins and shortcomings to the Lord than it is to place my hopes and dreams in His hands. It is easier to believe God forgives, heals and rescues than it is to believe he blesses, accomplishes and favors.
It is hard to believe these desires of my heart will come to fruition. After all, what have I done to deserve them? Yet His words says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” This passage isn’t directing us to dream up any want we can think of and expect the Lord to grant it like a genie in a bottle. What it is saying is the Lord actually places His desires for you within your heart. When your eyes are fixed on Him and you are walking this life journey with Him, you will begin to desire the things that are pleasing to the Lord. And because you desire the things that please Him, he will surely bring them to pass.
What are the deepest longings of your heart? What is your heart cry? What do you desire above all else? Sometimes these deep desires are difficult to even put into words. Maybe it is for a loved one to know the Lord, a child to find grace, or to find that special one to share your life with. Perhaps it is a goal, a vision for ministry or a dream for your family. Whatever it is, give it to God. If he gave you the desire, give the outcome of it back to Him and allow him to work it out to completion in your life.
How do we know if the desire we have is from the Lord? Does it bless him? Honor him? Bring life, hope and joy to others? If it is something other than for selfish gain, it is likely from the Lord. After all, He created you. He gave you your talents, gifts, likes and dislikes. He gave you a unique personality that would long after the path he planned for your life. Think back to when you were a child, innocent and uninfluenced by the world. What did you want to be? What brought you the most joy? So many times, those desires get washed away by the harsh reality of the world we live in. This broken land robs joy and steals dreams. It tells us we’re unworthy, unlikely, and undesirable. But God says we are chosen, holy and dearly loved.
God says he will carry out his plans in our lives. We only must believe God has the power to do what he has promised. When God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations, Abraham had a choice to make; trust God’s word or believe what was his current reality. He chose not to consider his own weaknesses; “his own body, already dead or the deadness of Sarah’s womb”, rather he chose to be strengthened in his faith. “He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Abraham chose not to look at the obvious; his old body, his old ways, his current circumstances. He chose to look to the One who made the promise and was able to accomplish anything. The deep beauty of Abraham’s example is grace. Abraham did not work for God’s blessing. He didn’t earn merit badges by being a good church member or going door to door. He was highly favored because he believed God. For “to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt”. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace.”
Let us look then at the desires God has placed in our hearts and look only unto Him as the one able to accomplish them through us. For we know that “hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given us”.
Psalm 37:4, Philippians 1:6, Colossians 3:12, Romans 4:20-22, Genesis 17:5, Romans 4:4, Romans 4:16, Romans 5:5