GraceLife Blog 112-All That We Want

Take a look at this verse out of Psalm 37:3-4:  “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.”

If we get mad and yell at Jesus, he isn’t going to smack us.  Chances are that he’s going to ignore us.  But, after reading the above verse, is it clear what we are suppose to do if we aren’t happy with our lives?

Sure, our lives are a wreck, but trust in the Lord and do good.  Attacking the people or the authority around us will do nothing but cause more wars, and, guess what, the goal of a war is to wreck more stuff.  So, to fix our lives, we need to trust in the Lord to guide us, and we need to be good to those around us.  You see?  Peace is what heals, repairs, and builds.  Vicious words, malicious attacks on our friends, and spreading hate does not help.  It only destroys more.

The Lord can and will give us better lives.  If we are living in his way–-his life—one day, he will give us happiness that will not leave.  One day, he will remove whatever depression we have in us and it will not come back.  One day, he will guide us out of that life that we can not stand to live any longer, but to do that we can’t be afraid.  We need to walk forward in courage and in faith, and we need to stay constant.  God’s way isn’t a one-minute-and-gone-the-next fling.  It isn’t a tried-that-for-a-day-and-it-didn’t-work new year’s resolution.  It’s a way of life, everyday.

The second part of that verse is key, because it has to do with our own reactions, self control, and view point.  It says that we need to delight ourselves in the Lord.  That means that when we pray, we are not to get mad at God for our troubles, but, rather, we are to say Lord, thank you for being good to me.  This entire earth may like to beat me down, but you have always been my friend.  I am so thankful to have you with me, helping me ,and guiding me, and I believe that you will soon lead me. . . to where?  If we delight ourselves in the Lord, then where is he going to lead us?  To our heart’s desire.

For those of us who don’t know what a heart’s desire is, let me say that it has nothing to do with a forced belief.  It is quite the opposite of something forced.  Our heart’s desire simply means that we will get what we want.  God will lead us to that place in the woods where we can hunt anytime, or he will lead us to that school that will teach us how to achieve our heart’s desire.  Where ever it is that we want to be, God will get us there, and that’s his promise.

Believe that the Lord is good to us, because, truly, he is.  The world is what breaks our backs and forces us to do things that we don’t like.  Jesus, on the other hand, is what has come to save us from ourselves.

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