Desiring the Right Things

Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Does that mean that God will give everything we desire if we delight in Him?

Absolutely No!

Why? Because “All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives” – Provers 16:2

Every desire in a man’s heart can come from a right or a wrong motive, and only the desires with the right motive will pass the test through Gods filtering lenses.

Because of the sin in our heart and the evil influences of this world upon our lives, our dreams and desires are worldly and ungodly. We desire the things that please us and satisfy our sinful cravings.

But when the True Gospel of Jesus, the power of His Salvation, transforms our lives, it convicts us of our sinfulness, turns our lives upside down, one which looks opposite to the ideas of the world.

For some, it happens in a moment, and for others, it occurs gradually.

All of a sudden the cravings for the world, the taste for ungodly pleasures start diminishing from our lives. The Gospel brings total transformation.

But it only happens when we’ve truly understood the message and the purpose of the Cross.

We are created for God and for His pleasure. And the only way he gets pleasure out of us is when we willingly love him, obey him, adore him and worship Him.

But instead of doing the right thing by surrendering to God and his purposes, we underestimate His power and ignore His presence. We chose to rebel against him and opt for the temporary pleasures of this world instead of choosing him.

We make our lives the centre of everything, not realizing that our lives on earth are temporary and no matter how strongly we hold on to this world, gain from its pleasures and things, in the end, our lives we will be forgotten and our possessions will be taken away and given to another.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” – Psalms 14:1 (Bible). We are fools when we fail to acknowledge God’s presence and His power.

We will all die in our physical bodies but what’s more crucial is the fact that our soul will continue to live in the Spiritual realm, either in hell or in heaven with God, depending on the choice we make on this earth.

But the good news is that God has not left us in our deteriorating condition. Instead, he has made a provision for us through his son Jesus to fill our hearts with hope and joy. John 3:16 (Bible) says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The only way we respond to God’s love is by repenting of our sins, believing in Jesus and seeking his kingdom.

And when the Gospel changes our lives and influences our minds, our cravings for the world and the things in it are taken away.

When we start seeking His face and His kingdom, Jesus also promises that “all other things will be given to you.”

And yes, God will fulfil all the desires of your heart, but only those that are fueled by the Gospel and influenced by right motives.

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