Saturday, January 5, 2008

God's Faithfulness

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Ps 37:4

This verse has been taken out of context amongst several schools of theology. I've heard it used to promote a "santa clause" type of God, you know the one who will give you what you want if you perform for him.
I've pondered this verse hundreds of times, and if I were to be completely honest, I've tried to use it to my advantage. I can't tell you how many times I've prayed "God, you're my delight, now can I have....?" How easy it is to get sucked into the selfishness of using God for my personal agenda, rather than truly delighting in Him. As if that's not enough, I have pretended to know what the desires of my heart really are. I think that God must have fun laughing at my plans and my thoughts. In retrospect, I have fun laughing at my plans and thoughts.
You see, I have found in my life that as you delight in the Lord, I mean truly pursue Him above all else, He will begin to reveal His truest desires for your life. I believe that He's placed these desires in your heart, and that you just don't know what they are until you're so wrapped up in pleasing God that nothing else matters.
How do I know? It's like this. When I met Paul, I was on the heels of a bad break-up. My heart was mush, and I was convinced that I knew what I wanted. Heck, I thought I knew what God wanted. The truth was, I was so broken-hearted, I didn't know what was real. That is, the only thing I could be sure of was (and is) God's faithfulness. You see, it was during this time that I fell so completely into God's hands. There was nowhere else I could go. His heart was the only safe place for me. It was during this time that I met Paul.
Here's where this verse comes in....Paul is the man my heart has always desired, only I never knew it. He is nothing like I expected, or thought I wanted, but He is PERFECT for me, and God knew that. God, in His faithfulness, awakened my heart and gave me the desires that had been sleeping there in my heart. And now every day, I see God's heart in my husband. Every day I see that God knew exactly what I needed, and what I've always wanted, and He gave me Paul. And I can't tell you how many times I've thanked God that He didn't give me what I thought my desires were. Whew!
What are your desires? What are you delighting in? Let it be Him! God is so good. He is so faithful, and He loves you so much more than you could ever imagine. Fall into Him. Press into Him. It's worth it, not for the gifts He gives, but for who He is.
For meditation.....Jer 9:23-24
"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, For in these I delight."


sarabethj said...

I have found the same thing to be true in my life. God knew precisely what I needed when he gave my husband to me. No one else would do. And no one else was best for me. I've seen God's goodness and kindness displayed again and again in the gift of Kevin. You know, that means that the reverse is true also. God knew exactly what our husbands needed when he gave us to them. How good it is to know that he really is working all things out for our good (our good being the image of Christ being formed in us). Could there be a higher good or a better gift?

mowafay3 said...

Amen, beautiful lady!
It's fascinating to watch this miracle. You know the one I mean, when our eyes are suddenly opened to the truth about how God's desires BECOME our desires when we are truly delighting ourselves in Him. You are SO right-on with your new perception of His sovereign design for "love-and-be-loved" concept. When we love Him in our limited way, but without reservation, He loves us in His unlimited way and brings to pass all that He delights to do, which is oh so much more than we can ever imagine.

I think I'll just imagine a way to delight in HIM a little more each day - it's a very rewarding ambition.

Love you - These are great blogs, keep it up - love & miss you,