What are the desires of your heart? Are they things that God would give you a high five for? Do they come from a pure ground? Are they desires that come from a barren place where God can’t be found? I use the adjective barren because our desires should come from a place that is fertilized by God’s Word and God’s will and not from a place with no life. The desires of our hearts should be in line with the Word of God. I am not just referring to what I call the “non-negotiables” such as the desire to love others, help others, do good deeds and the desire to be a good person. I am talking about our daily desires, the desires that drive us on a personal level, what we want in life, the desires or wishes for our family, friends and community. I am talking about our dreams, our ambitions and our visions. Could it be that sometimes we don’t get the desires of our hearts because they are just too grounded in that barren place that has nothing to do with God? I want my desires to produce fruit and to come to life. The Lord told us that when we delight in Him, we get the desires of our hearts. When we delight in Him, He will make things happen for us. Scrutinize the desires of your heart. Pass them through the filter of the Word of God. If they come from a ground established in God and you delight in Him, God will give you the desires of your heart.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could get everything we wanted? What if we could just wish for something and it happened? When we have that approach with God, we see Him as a genie. We also consider Him to be at our beck and call. God is not our servant. He is not controlled by our wishes and He is not at our mercy. We are to serve Him and to obey Him. I have heard of people who basically throw a tantrum when they don’t get their way and when God doesn’t grant them their wishes. They pray and expect God to give them what they ask for. I used to be that way and I used to get mad when I didn’t get what I wanted. I thought that when the Bible said that nothing was impossible to God it meant that anything I wanted to see happen would happen just because nothing was impossible to God. God can do anything as long as it is in His will. If I pray for 10 million dollars just because it is my desire it doesn’t imply that God will give me the money. Not getting the money doesn’t mean that God can’t do it. It means that it is not part of His plan. That 10 million dollars could be more of a curse than a blessing.
I spend time aligning the desires of my heart with the Lord’s desires. When I dive into His heart, I find what He wants me to long for and what He designed me to go after. I want to continue to go after God’s heart and let my heart be filled with His wishes for my life. I want the Holy Spirit to speak secrets into my spirit and reveal the desires of the One who made me. I want my thoughts to be God’s thoughts and my wishes to be coated with love, laced in peace and tainted by joy. I want to be more like Jesus. Let that be the main desire of my heart. Let that be the driving force in my life every day. I want to speak like Jesus, love like Jesus, think like Jesus, rejoice like Jesus and mirror His kindness and His goodness. I want my heart to explode with God’s message of acceptance and inclusion. I want all my desires to reflect the Word of God and be a testimony to the One who gave His life for me. Then I will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Lord approves of my desires and that He will give me all the desires of my heart. Aspire to have the heart of God and all the desires of your heart will come to pass!
Suggested reading: Psalm 21:1-2; Psalm 37:4; John 15:7