God Gives Us What We Want?


“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  How exactly should that bible verse play out in our lives?

Sometimes this verse is translated this way – “Whatever it is your heart really wants, it will be given to you.”  The emphasis here is on “us” and what our hearts desire – which is what has gotten us in trouble from day one.   When we translate that verse this way doesn’t it sound a little like we are turning God into Santa Claus?

If we take Paul, for example, who wrote many of the epistles in the New Testament and whose own story is contained in the book of Acts, lived a rough live for the sake of Jesus.  He didn’t live in a fancy house and have all the money in the world so why should we expect that?

Jesus, during his ministry here as fully man and fully God, asked his followers to give up everything they had to follow Him.  In some cases that meant giving up massive wealth, jobs, family/friends, and other things that may not have been bad in themselves, but stood between them and the Lord.  Even most of the twelves disciples, the ones closest to Jesus during his time on Earth, died very gruesome deaths because of their faith in Jesus.   So why should we get  everything our hearts can dream up – new cars, new houses, and all the things money can buy – when scripture gives us a vastly different perspective?

What about the first half of the verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord?”  What does it mean to “delight?” Merriam-Webster defines it as “a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction.”  When we are totally satisfied in our relationship with the Lord the result is a transformation of the heart and this change aligns our desires with him; causing our hearts to begin to mirror His.  We start to care more about what He cares about than what our selfish hearts desire.

What if we translated Psalm 37 verse 4 this way…

“When we delight in the Lord so much that our hearts are satisfied in Him and Him alone, its then God will inspire the desires of our hearts, which in turn He will give us.”  Looking at the verse this way,  it is God who gives us the desires of our heart because He is putting those desires there in the first place.

I am excited to do something my wife loves just because it makes her happy.  It may not be my favorite thing to do, but there is so much more joy in serving my wife with something she wants to do rather than doing something I want to do for my own sake.  In the same way, there is no more joy and satisfaction in life than when our hearts desire and go after what God desires for us.

Do our hearts match God’s heart?  Do we really want to be satisfied with the trivial things that our hearts want or do we want to experience a life that is rich in love and in the service of our God who will give us everything we need?

7 thoughts on “God Gives Us What We Want?

  1. A L.o.n.g time ago, I learned this scripture like this – “Discover your delight in the ways of The Lord, and He will create in you new desires.”

    It’s so easy to take this scripture and turn Jesus into Santa Claus.

    Thx for sharing Ur thoughts so elequaintly

  2. Very inspirational, Evan. Thanks for sharing.

    If the desires of our hearts are for worldly things, then we haven’t truly accepted Christ into our lives. Accepting Christ as our savior means dying to self to live for Him. Not because we have to, but because we want to.
    “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” -Gal 5:24.
    “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Gal 2:20
    Dying to self is not a one-time decision, rather it is a daily struggle. The temptations of the world are very, well, tempting. But God will never allow temptation to present itself to us without giving us a way out (1 Cor 10:13). And the more we delight in doing the work of the Lord and the more that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our actions and our desires, the easier it is to resist temptation when it arises; especially the temptation to desire worldly things.
    Christ called us to pick up our cross and to follow Him (Mat 10:38). The Christian way is not the easy way… small is the gate and narrow the road. But in doing so, we are privy to the greatest treasure of all… everlasting life with a loving God.

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