Ok, I lied. I’m sorry! It’s not totally about Garth Brooks. I will talk about him later though. But I’m glad I got your attention. Now that you’re here…
Let me drop a scripture on you real quick. It’s one that you’ve heard a lot, I’m sure. I realized, today, that it’s often used in the wrong context. Maybe this isn’t news to you, but it was to me! Since you’re here, you might as well read it. All 5 of you. Hi mom!
Sorry. Rambling. Ok here it is:
Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart– Psalm 37:4
I must confess, I have abused this scripture and twisted it to fit my lifestyle. I never took the time to look deeper into it; it was my (unsuccessful) way to get what I wanted. Of course I would misuse it. I believed in God…isn’t that enough? Imagine my shock when I learned I was wrong :::clutches chest:::
I was offended. God offended me. News flash. He doesn’t operate in anything less than truth and sometimes that truth is painful. But it’s also necessary for growth.
In order for me to get more from it than face-value, I did a little digging. Dictionary.com says Delight means “to please greatly” or “great pleasure”. But then I looked it up in the Strong’s Concordance, (which, by the way, is a GREAT study tool if you’re a word nerd like me). It’s translation of delight said “to be soft or pliable”, which led me to (stay with me…I’m excited) this:
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” -Ezekiel 36:26
That means that my heart would go from hardened and immovable, to soft. Pliable. Delightful.
Praise break. I need to stop for a moment and thank Him!!
Reading that was like a kick in the stomach. My relationship with God looked nothing like the definition said it should. I had to take an honest look at my life, my heart, my thoughts. A full evaluation of everything that I was allowing into my mind and heart, and everything that was coming out of my mouth. If I was truly and honestly taking “great pleasure” in my walk with Jesus, why wasn’t I getting the desires of my heart? Glad you asked!!
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” -Jeremiah 17:9
How can I trust my own desires, and trust that God will give them to me, when I’m a threat to myself? Do you see where going here? I can’t possible know what is good for me if I’m walking only in my flesh. My flesh is selfish and self-seeking. A heart of stone. Not pliable. Not open to hear what God wants to do.
Let me say this rally quickly. I’m not ripping on myself (this time, anyway). This was a beautiful realization that set me free and I hope that it will help you too.
I decided to stop praying selfishly and start seeking God FOR REAL this time. You know what I mean! The closer I got to Him, the closer he was to me:
“Move your heart closer and closer to God, and He will come even closer to you….” James 4:8 TPT
The closer He was to me, the more the desires of my heart changed. I started to see things through His eyes. My #JesusFilter, that I’m now calling it. I had been seeking the desires of my flesh. I want to clarify that fleshly desires don’t always equal sex…it can be anything that doesn’t line up with God’s word or His character.
To touch on Ezekiel 36:26 again, He says He will give us a new heart. A heart transformed. One that delights in the Lord. A heart of flesh. A soft and pliable heart. A heart that He, as the potter (Isaiah 64:8), can sculpt and change. One that seeks His will for my life and not my own selfish desires. The funny thing is, now, the things I used to want, no longer appeal to me because He’s lining my heart up with His.
Let me encourage you today to put on your #JesusFilter and take a good look into your own heart. Where do you stand? Can you be honest with yourself? If you think you don’t have any issues, you probably have a hardened heart toward the things of God. Ask Him to show you if you don’t know. The fruit that will come from the pruning will he worth every hard moment. My heart was hardened. Stone. I was miserable on the inside and it showed outwardly. Don’t walk around in darkness anymore. You don’t have to. Delight in the Lord and watch your desires change. Ooooh and the peace that comes with it? That’s the best part!!
To quote the great Garth Brooks…
“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers”
Ain’t that the truth though!!