Got a dream you desperately need to come true? Want your desires fulfilled? Of course you do. But let me rock your thinking for a moment. Think God is waiting for you to get things right before he gives you the desires of your heart?
I hope not. Cause if that’s so….you’ll be waiting a looooooong time!
God fulfills our dreams and desires based on his deeds not ours.
Psalms 37:4 says:
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)
When God is delighted with you he will give you the desires of your heart.
Nope. Not how it goes.
Read this slowly:
God already delights in you.
He’s not waiting on you to get it right.
He’s waiting on you to delight in him.
Got that? It’s not based on your performance. You can’t do enough to get God to make your dreams come true. He just wants to be your delight.
A Snapshot of Delight
My favorite moment every day is early in the morning when my husband and I first get up. While everyone else is still snoozing away we sneak in an extra long hug as the coffee is brewing. Ahhhh, I delight in his hugs. It’s something I treasure. Morning breath, unshaven face (his not mine), and his arms around mine starts my day in a delightful way.
How can you define delight? It’s being taken with something. Allowing the sweetness and the goodness of someone or something to enrich your life. And when you find something delightful, you give it priority. So if you delight in God, you’ll give him priority. Look at how this provides a win-win for you…
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
We can paraphrase this and combine it with the verse in Psalms:
Seeking God first is delighting in him and it moves him to provide you with everything your heart desires. (Author’s paraphrase)
How does this work?
When you delight in God something amazing happens. Your desire actually begins to mimic his. You end up desiring what he wants you to desire. Something goes off inside of you that screams, “His way is best!” God plants his longings deep in your heart and you want them so bad you crave his will and BAM! His desire becomes your desire.
Your Delight in God is More Important Than Your “Do”
It’s got nothing to do with what you “do”. You can’t work your way into getting the desires of your heart. Your good works aren’t going to work your way into God’s favor. Look at this verse below…The reward goes to those who seek him and delight in him, not to those who work their butt off trying to be perfect and righteous.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
If you diligently seek the Lord, a.k.a. – “delight in him” he will reward you and give you the desires of your heart.
So if you want to increase the likelihood that God will give you the desires of your heart, trade your “DO” for “DELIGHT”.
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