As I disciple a lot of young men a statement always comes up. The bible says that “God will give you the desires of your heart.” Two of the biggest things on the minds of these young men are wanting to find a Godly woman to marry and also wanting to find a career they really are passionate about to carry out the rest of their lives. So they link these to Psalm 37-5-7 where it does say “he will give you the desires of your heart.” To understand this Scripture fully, it’s important to look at it fully.
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:5-7*NIV).
I tell the young men who struggle with these questions in their lives to not lose heart. These verses are key in helping you with your times of doubt of not yet having the things you desire the most. I then also ask them, “Is the source of your delight your joy in the Lord?” I fully believe that this is key for anyone to have true joy in their lives. When we learn to truly enjoy and delight in God, we can learn to enjoy our lives. As Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes 2:25: “For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” God has to be the supreme source of our delight in our lives giving Him glory and not of ourselves. When I was younger right out of college I desired a successful career in the fitness industry. My joy level would go from high to low depending on if a bodybuilding nutritional company’s national sales manager called me back after contacting them looking for a position. I later realized my joy was simply and solely in the prospect of a career in something I desired, not in my relationship with God.
I realized my delight must be first in the Lord. It had to be the first and most important priority in my life. Even over what I thought I had to have and wanted so badly at the time.
Secondly, are you “trusting in Him and doing good-keeping His commands in your life?” I had been doing my own thing, not trusting in Him, and not living a very pure life either as it all revolved around me. So many people today simply go after what they want or use the phrase “follow your heart.” Well, my heart wasn’t very pure and I was going down a very selfish and unclean path. Not a good roadmap for anyone’s future.
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”* If you want a blessed life, then it must be a Godly life we live.
David also writes in Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord and trust in Him.” The turning point in my career search was when I learned to surrender my will to God’s will. “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done!” I started to let God be in charge of where He wanted me to go and work for in my career search and not just do what I could do in my own strength. Far too many people seek only their own path. They pursue their own will only to end up discouraged and disappointed as I had been far too long.
I also remembered that we are also commanded to be still and to wait on Him in Psalm 37:7. Waiting can be the hardest part of the process for most people lack patience. Too many times I see that people are driven by fear or anxiousness and rush into careers or marriages and it is almost always the wrong decision with painful and devastating consequences.
If you are honestly delighting in Him, trusting in Him, committing your way to Him, and waiting on Him, than you can be reassured, He will give you the desires of your heart in His timing. Psalm 37 tells us He will. But God’s timing doesn’t always match up with our timing does it?? I’ve often heard this saying about God’s timing: “God doesn’t always show up when we want him to, but He’s never late!” His timing is perfect as He is perfect in all things!
I can tell you about my own experience with this. I asked God to make His desires to be the desires in my heart as they are in His heart. I literally told God I would give Him glory in all I do in my career first and foremost. God sure did deliver on His word after that. Today, over 20 years later God gave me a godly woman and we’ve been happily married for 18 years and I wound up with a career in the fitness industry that I also desired. This position also allows me to do a lot of ministry in it and out in the world in general. I have traveled in every state in the United States doing business. On a daily basis get to talk to people all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. In this capacity, God always puts people in my path who need salvation, want to pray, talk about Jesus and so many other things that give Him glory in my position. The cool thing is that aspect of my job is the most fulfilling, not the fitness or monetary aspect I desired when I was younger. When I was younger I never thought it was possible to make a successful living other than just working for money to pay the bills, but I was wrong. God gave me the desires of my heart when I put Him first and obeyed His commands. My desires have changed as I’ve gotten older and they’re focusing on more and more on full time ministry as my relationship grows with God. I have no doubts or worries about His timing on bringing that to pass as He has always proved Himself faithful.
The key to our Christian lives in everything we do, want or desire, is trusting and obeying Him in it. John Sammis, the famous hymn writer nailed it right on the head when he wrote: “Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”
I tell the young men I disciple that trusting and obeying is not always easy. I often wondered when my dream job would come along, but it did and I learned a lot of great lessons in the waiting period that were crucial to later trials that became successes and testimonies. You will never be sorry for trusting, obeying, and waiting on the Lord. Psalm 90:2 tell us “from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” He knows the beginning and the ending and knows again the perfect timing and plans for you in all things.
So does God really give you the desires of your heart? Absolutely! His plans for your life are always bigger and better than the ones you can think about doing on your own. Paul says in Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.” He has amazing plans when you simply put Him first in your life and obey Him. God gave me more than the desires of my heart. He gave me His superior provision that I couldn’t do on my own and is still doing it as my life matures with Him and He will continue to do that the rest of my life. If God did it for me and will continue to do it for me then He will do it for you too!
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