“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
How many of you thought that this verse meant He will give you what your heart desires? Yeah, I did too.
This verse has been very heavy on my heart and mind the last two weeks when Pastor Toure discussed it in his message about God’s choices and guarding your heart. My interpretation and understanding of this verse was entirely wrong, and I feel the need to break it down for you:
Delighting yourself in the LORD means being flexible and allowing God to mold you into the person you’re supposed to be. When that happens, He’s not necessarily going to give you what you desire, because the things your heart desires may not be the right things. Instead, God is going to appropriate the desires in your heart and fill your heart with the things you are meant to desire.
Let’s take relationships and careers into consideration. You know, the heartache you go through and just don’t understand why? The relationship that didn’t work out, the job you didn’t get – those things that literally make your heart physically ache. The things that make you question your strength because you think you’ll never overcome it. We’ve all been there.
I can honestly say, one of my strengths is that no matter how negative a situation may be, I have to always find the positive. At the end of the day, I don’t look at the “negative” things as negative.
In those scenarios, it didn’t work out the way you wanted it to because it wasn’t taking you to where you’re supposed to be in life. Sometimes, we lose our heart in people or things and need to lose them temporarily, or maybe even forever to get us back on track.
All of my life, I’ve desired so many things – and I still do. But now, my new approach is to see and know if my desires are the real desires. I’m putting my faith in God so I know that whatever it is I desire, is right – and aren’t based off of what I put in there with my own thinking and choices. They are truly what God put in there.
Trust me, I know what it’s like to want something so bad and when it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, you can’t help but be crushed. You can’t be that way though. No matter how hard it is, you have to remember that what’s for you, is for you – you won’t miss it.
What do you desire right now? How sure are you that that’s what you’re supposed to desire? Is it your own desire? Or was it God’s desire first, and it is now yours? Maybe you’re 1000% sure it’s from both of you – but even then, don’t rush it. There’s no one else in this world who knows your past, present or future like He does – So, stop over thinking it, trust God and put it through this filter of patience and faith to make sure whatever it is your heart desires is truly meant for you. Don’t let your heart fool you.
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