What is Your Heart’s Desire?
January 24, 2011 by bonlou
What is your heart’s desire? Is it to be healed from anxiety and fear?
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Do you delight yourself in the Lord? What does that mean? Well, you need to meditate on God, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.) You need to think about how wonderful He is and how glorious His creation all around us is. You need to hunger for greater understanding of His love and grace. You need to long for Him to come back again.
You need to meditate on everything about our precious Lord and Savior. You need to be grateful for everything He has done regarding the gospel and how He made a way for your eternal salvation.
Out of your heart of thanksgiving you need to serve the Lord. After all, He saved us and adopted us into His family. He is Lord over us. He is Sovereign and He is in control. We need to bow our knee to Christ no matter what our circumstances are. From the above verse we can see that the first thing we need to do is fix our minds on Him, not ourselves, as we delight ourselves in the Lord.
If we are ill; if we are in financial trouble; if we battle fear and anxiety; if we are in bad relationships; if we are in an uncomfortable work situation; if our spouse is not saved and doesn’t like us to live as a Christian; if our children give us terrible problems; if our parents give us problems; if we are challenged in our school work; if we have too much to do; if we are lonely; if we hurt; if we are angry; if we are sad; if we feel inferior; no matter what, we need to put the Lord first in our lives and live to please Him. Are you willing to die to yourself and put God in first place?
Many people think they need to get things straightened out first then they will get serious with God. ”If only God would heal me than I could serve Him.” I used to think that myself. That approach is entirely backwards. What we need to do, no matter what our problems are, is turn to God, pour out our hearts to Him, and humbly ask Him what we can do for Him. Not what can He do for us. Our healing is secondary, and is entirely up to Him. Please learn to accept that. Accept that God is in charge of you and your body.
I’ve heard many people say they made a “deal” with God. I’ll bet you’ve heard that too. Someone who is ill may say, “God if you will only heal me of this I will promise to go to church every week.” You can’t make deals with God. It won’t work. We can’t manipulate a God who is Sovereign. Remember that.
The truth is God can and will do whatever He wants. It’s not up to us. He is our Master, and we are His slaves. We need to realize this.
Do you love God? Do you love the Word? If so, then your first priority is to be in the Word, read it, study it, meditate on verses. Go to church, get involved in some way. Serve Christ through the local church. Take your mind off your own health and how you feel. Give them all to God to care for. He is your Father. Set your mind on others. Do what you can. At first it might be that you pray for others. Do that! Perhaps the pastor could give you a list of people who are shut-ins or who have missed church for awhile and you could call them to ask how they are doing, and encourage them. There is much work to be done and there are never enough workers.
If you can’t go to church at this time, still get right with God and keep short accounts with Him. If you know of a sin in your life, confess it, repent of it, and ask God to forgive you. Then, get on with your life. You can even serve God at home as you pray for others. Pray for this group, and each member. Pray for me as I need to write and answer emails, not in my own strength, but in the Lords. Pray for our country, our leaders, and the local leaders where you live. Pray for family members who are not saved. Pray for those who seem to be against you. Oh, there is no end to the things we can do for the Lord.
Make the Lord your first priority and you will see your other problems begin to take care of themselves. As you draw closer to God and delight in Him, your desires will line up with His desires for you. He will give you the desires of your heart. He says so!