The List

Embed from Getty Images4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:4-6 NIV

The first time I read this scripture I stopped at verse 4: He will give you the desires of your heart.  That’s all I needed to hear.  I got my list ready!  I prayed diligently over that list.  Fervently.  It was full of all the “I wants” for my life.  I got tired. I got angry. And eventually I got confused.  After some time went by I went back to read the scripture to see if I missed something.

As I read verse 5, it said “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.”  I took a deep breath.  There was a catch.  My wants were not His wants.  Had I truly committed my way to His way? Was I asking for His will to be done? Here? Now? In my life?  That was the beginning of a big shift for me.

It was followed up by a time of testing.  I had to learn to let go of things I held onto too tightly.  I couldn’t have it both ways.  It was either His way or my way.

It’s one day at a time.  I genuinely want my heart to be a reflection of His.  Every day I lay my heart before Him and ask Him to take it and make it His.  Keep it straight for me.

Father, take my heart and make it Yours.  Make the desires of my heart Yours.

1 Peter 1:8-10, John 15:7-17


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