When I began 2 weeks ago with Marvel at the Maker, I didn't know I would be doing a whole three-part series on being thankful, yet here we are! Last week we discussed what it means to have a grateful heart; being thankful for what God has already provided, no matter what else we might wish we had. We talked about how we shouldn't get wrapped up in the desires of the world, but what does that really mean? What does it mean to be truly thankful? What does it mean to have a thankful heart? What does God mean, saying that He will give us the desires of our hearts?
Let's explore that a little deeper.
This is actually so much simpler than many of us may realize, but let's be clear. This does not mean that God gives us whatever we want. Most of us have learned that already. Many of us have found ourselves in positions of crying out to God, desperately, for something that we really want in our lives, only to have that prayer go unanswered. I cannot be the first person to realize how much better off I was with those unanswered prayers. Man! Some of the things I asked for, especially in my youth, would not have been good for me! Even though my heart desperately wanted it at the time, God, in His infinite wisdom, knew better.
So many lines throughout Psalm 37 begin like this:
Trust in the Lord...
Delight yourself in the Lord...
Commit your way to the Lord...
trust in him...
Be still before the Lord...
Turn from evil and do good...
Wait for the Lord...
This isn't actually about our desires, is it? Not really. What happens when we delight ourselves in the Lord? What happens when we commit our ways to Him? Trust Him? Turn from evil?
When we do these things fully, we align our heart's desires to the will of the Lord. Our hearts become changed. Being given our heart's desire takes on a whole new meaning, once your heart aligns to God's will for your life. Our desire becomes to be in HIS will.
And what a glorious place that is to be!
As a wife, mom of 4, and business owner, finding time to spend in the Word, can be difficult, so I get it! Come join me each Monday for a simple message of hope, faith, and encouragement amidst some honest mommy moments.
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