3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b] 4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices! -Psalm 37:3-7 (ESV)
In our society we see so many people chasing after the wind. They want to make the most money, the biggest boat, or fame. As a Christian those should not be our goals, but some do have riches and fame. There is nothing wrong with that, but is it the desire of your heart? Some do not gain such reaches, but as a Christian where does our desires lay. Remember that our hearts of the flesh, desperately wicked, and desires selfish wants. So does God give us our desires?
You see so many pastors and spiritual leaders have only used the statement that God wants you to prosper and give the desires of your heart. Lets look at these verses again. What else does it explain about our desires? Trust in the Lord, Delight yourself in the Lord, Commit your way to Him, Trust in Him, Be still, and wait patiently are what surrounds the the idea of God giving you the desires of your heart. There is so much more to the truth that we only want it easy.
We need to spend time knowing God. Studying His word, praying, fellowship with other believers, and make the time. We must be willing to give up our lives and commit it all to God. Then He can clear the way, but committing needs to also have trust. Sometimes the path is not clear right away, it could take years, or it could a different path all together. When we do commit, we also have to be still and wait patiently. So where does all the desires come from?
Simple answer is God. I do not know how many of you have changed your direction in life, but when you focus on God a direction seems to be shown at His timing. Another set of verses to consider when you commit are:
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9
You understand that as you chase after God your desires are not yours but His through you. Have you ever been at a point where you do not see what God is doing, He has not answered prayer, or even shown you the light ahead? Does that mean God is not doing anything or is ignoring you? No, I am personally in my my own waiting patient situation, and each day is about committing each day to be content and committed in truth and faith. It was never meant to be easy. Even if given everything this world can offer, if your desire is a selfish one it will never be complete without it being of God. You need to surrender it all! He will give you the desires of the heart because it will be His desires.