â€œDelight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.â€
Our first question would be, what is the desire of my heart? As a newborn Christian, our hearts are open to many things such as material and financial things. We feel that if we love Jesus and believe His word, we will in fact receive the desires of our heart. This is because of our immaturity and lack of knowledge of Godâ€™s Word.
However, as growth begins to take place and knowledge fills our heart, we begin to perceive this promise in a different light. It is as with our children; we donâ€™t give them everything their little heartâ€™s desire, but only what is good and best for them. Our heavenly Father does the same with us, His children.
As time passes and understanding fills our hearts and minds, a light comes on and we realize it is not what we want that will be the desire of our hearts, but what will please the Fatherâ€™s heart. The greatest desire of Jesusâ€™ heart was to be obedient to His Father, no matter the cost! As we become aware of this, our desire changes, and we can say it is to know more of the heart of Jesus. Then, obedience becomes our true desire and fulfills His request in John 14:15, â€œIf you love Me, keep My commandments.â€
It takes time to get to this point in our walk with Jesus, for there is much work to be done in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. But we are told in Philippians 1:6: â€œBeing confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make this the desire of our hearts; it is not within our own power! Ephesians 1:19: â€œAnd what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.â€ This is the work of the Holy Spirit who accomplishes God’s perfect will in our lives. Enjoy Him!
Â â€œAnd the world is passing away, and the lust of it;
but he who does the will of God abides forever.â€
1 John 2:17