Good Word for the Day: March 17, 2012


The question is, “Does God give you what you want?” Let me throw in another question just like it. “Do your really want God to give you what you want?”

Consider Psalm 37.4, “Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

So…it seems like God does promise to give us what we want. In fact, I agree, as long as you’re talking about what our heart is in need for; what our soul really, wants. What you and I usually hear is, “Delight in the Lord, and he will give you what you lust for.” Many of us are quick to interpret God’s promises of gifts as something to satisfy our passing appetites. These quick-fix, passing lusts, although not always bad in the moment, are always passing and in that sense unsatisfying, sometimes unpleasant and always unfulfilling. So when God promises “the desires of our heart” his desire is for us to have what is not lust-filled, but long-lasting; always pleasant and definitely fulfilling desire. He gives us the unconditional love that sustains, the belonging that attaches us forever to an eternal community; a hope that keeps us looking up and onward. These are the lasting desires of your heart – and in that sense – yes, God loves you enough to not give you what you want – today; in passing. God loves you more than enough to give you what lasts, what your soul craves, the desires of your heart! For more information, visit me at

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