Your Heart's Desire

What is the desire of your heart? An ideal partner to share your life with? A good job? A home of your own? Peace of mind? Are there desires that are still unfulfilled?

Many people have many ways of reaching for their heart’s desire--we strive, work night and day, plan and strategize, even beg, steal or borrow. But do you know that the Bible gives us one sure, pleasant and blessed way to find what our hearts long for? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I love this verse. What it is really saying is--spend time with God, put Him first, know Him well, discover how much He loves you. Then your heart will find what it seeks.

Now you may be asking, “If I delight myself in the Lord this way, then I can have anything in the world I want?” No it doesn’t work that way. The word for delight in Hebrew means to be dependent upon God and to derive one’s pleasure from Him. Do you rely on God completely? Do you relish his constant presence in your life? If you are doing that, then God has become the first and central desire of your heart.

The promise here is not that God will gift you with a Mercedes Benz, the latest and most expensive cell phone model, or a mansion in Europe, though He can give all that. After all, he owns the universe. But God wants to give us something far, far better. He wants to give us Himself--His love as Father, His Kingdom, and no less than His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” God is a generous Father who wants to give the best to us, His children. That may also include a life partner, a home, a fulfilling job, and the other longings of our hearts. He may not give us all the things we want, but all we truly need to live a godly life on this earth full of His peace, love and joy. May you delight in Him as He delights in you!

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