Have you ever heard someone say, “God will give you the desire of your heart”?
It’s a popular Bible verse from Psalms 37:4. And it’s an incredible promise, but they tend to leave out the conditions and context that makes it really true for you and me. I want to explore how it can be. So let’s start off with a great misconception we can have about God giving you the desire of your heart.
God is not your personal Genie.
Sometimes we can read this promise to portray God this way. There needs to be a balance to how we can honestly hold to this wonderful promise and make sure we understand God rightly. Let’s begin with where desire comes from. Our hearts. If you don’t already know, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The bottom line you need to know is don’t trust your heart. We don’t know what’s good for us all on our own. If you don’t believe me just consider the story of the very first Humans, Adam and Eve (Genesis 3).
But that doesn’t mean you can’t ask God for what you desire. In fact, Jesus tells us “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). In other words, you can believe that God knows your heart, and if you continue to ask, knock, and seek because you are convinced that its something from God and something God would want you to have, then God will give you the desire of your heart. But its about God's desire, not ours.
What is clear from the whole Psalm 34 itself is that people who “live” to be worthy of achieving are the ones who receive from God the desire of their heart. Here is the Big question:
Are you living to be worthy of achievement?
Think about Jesus, who was the Son of God, who lived for his Father’s desires, not his own. He lived to please the Father and bring Him praise, not to bring recognition to himself. Jesus hardly told anyone that he was the Messiah, except those who were looking and seeking. But you don’t see him trying to earn his position in the eyes of people, and you don’t see him trying to convince everyone to believe him. What we discover is a man who lived for the One who was higher than Him, and God gave him his heart’s desire because his desires were the Fathers desires. Jesus died for us, and God raised Him from the dead.
Will God give me what I want?
A little after Psalm 34 says, "God will give you the desire of your heart," it also says “It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich. For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly” (Psalm 37:16-17). Don’t misunderstand the verse. God is not promising to give you what you want, but for you to trust that He will provide you with what you need when your desire is Gods desire. Live worthy of achievement by living for Jesus and His desires, and then He will give you what your heart desires.
Here is a tough and honest question you have to ask yourself on a daily basis:
"Are my desires God's desires?"