The Big Question About the Desires of Your Heart

The desires of our heart will likely come to pass.
So there’s a big question we should answer.

Desires of hearrtMy favorite Psalm is Psalm 37, and marked in bold yellow is “And He shall give you the desires of your heart” (verse 4).   I’ve never thought of wanting a butterfly on my feet, but in my heart I know that God has fulfilled this amazing promise throughout my 65 years so I count on that tomorrow.   He guides me at key junctures and opens timely doors.  Sometimes He has to kick me through them!  He is training me for what He has in mind not only now but also in His soon-coming Kingdom.

My best received desire—my wife Mary—is so grateful that when she was a teenager, her pastor Denny Luker and his wife LeeAnn challenged all the teens to write in the back of their Bibles their hopes, dreams and desires.  The Lukers challenged them to try God’s way first because they would find that it works!  Mary says it did, and now she is working on a new list!

That promise in Psalm 37 concludes a section of some qualifiers:  “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord …” and then the wonderful promise that God is eager to satisfy the deepest desires of your heart!

But the flip side—God also warns us:  “So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.  Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways” (Psalm 81:12-13)!

God doesn’t say He made their stubborn desires come to pass, He just “gave them over.”  God doesn’t cause all the evil around us; He lets people exercise their free “moral” agency which all too often isn’t!

God mostly has hands off today in this world ruled by satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Fred Crow at our recent Camp  Hye Sierra attended by Mary and me said he “never capitalizes satan because he doesn’t deserve it!”

It’s such a lovely song, but “This Is (NOT) My Father’s World” yet—until Jesus Christ returns and sets up His Kingdom on this earth and the Father Himself comes down to live on  the new earth (Revelation 21:3).   Okay, the song is true in that the world for now is of its “father the devil” (John 8:44).

God had to send the Flood in Noah’s day because “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Later he had to scatter mankind from the Tower of Babel because “now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” (Genesis 11:6).

Yes, the desires of our heart will likely come to pass.  Especially if we make them a priority and really set our minds and actions to bring them about.

Yes, people are drawn away by their own desires and enticed.  Then when this desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin that becomes full grown and brings forth death (James 1:14-15).

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When I was a teen, I saw advice that we should worry more about spending our money and resources wisely, and then we would find that enough money would naturally come, like a law of the universe.  Well, yes, if we work and do our part!   God promises to supply our needs and we can’t outgive Him.  We hear stories about people who almost seem to be crazy in their generosity and charity work and yet are able to keep it up.

Jesus said “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35).

So the question is:

Are the desires of our heart good or evil and are we working with God to change them to good?

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