Trust in the LORD and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.Â Â Â Â Â Psalm 37:4 (HCSB)
Here is one of the many verses in the Bible where it is easy to skip the first statement and grab hold of the second statement because itâ€™s a promise of good things! But if I am looking for the good things of the promise â€“ then I need to look at the words of wisdom in the primary statement.
The big question today for me is: Do I want to delight myself in the Lord? Do I want to be obedient to what God wants in my life? Do I look for Godâ€™s way? Do I study and listen so I know what that is?
These are soul-searching personal questions. I can fool anyone, even myself, but not God. If I allow Godâ€™s Spirit to meet and examine my heart â€“ then my relationship with God becomes clear â€“ it becomes righteous â€“ a right relationship. And then the desires of my heart are also the desires of the Fatherâ€™s heart for me! We are on the same page. We are of the same mind.
Proverbs tells me to trust God with all my heart (Proverbs 3:5-7). Hold nothing back, nor look to myself for wisdom. So why do I? Could it be that people have been found to be less worthy of my trust and so I am projecting this on to my relationship with God? Has He responded (or not responded) in a way that causes me to question? And how do I react to that? Pull back? Has that worked for me? So why not try a different response? Pull in closer! Spend more time with Him and learn more about God. Turn to Jesus. Look at His responses to the Father’s answers. Listen to the Holy Spirit so I hear the truth of what God is saying and doing, even when it might be something that I do not want to hear.
God is my refuge and strength and He is my help when troubled times come. I will not accept fear but look to God as my fortress just as He has been for generations before and will be for my children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
Excuse me. I have some things to discuss with my LORD, my Savior, and my Friend.