Where’s My Million Dollars? || Annika Cook
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 34:7.
“Really?” Your friend may ask you “So you’re telling me if I really wanted a million dollars, God’s just going to give it to me?”
If we are honest, we’ve all asked similar questions:
“Then where is that husband I’ve been longing for?”
“Why can’t a find a job?”
“Why do I still have these extra pounds hanging around?”
“Why can’t you just tell me what I’m supposed to do with my life?”
What are your desires? Money? Success? Health? Healing? Romance? When we bring these requests before God we are often frustrated when we don’t see the answers. We sometimes pray, but what’s the point? Is God really going to give me what I desire?
Hidden in each of these requests is something deeper. There is a difference between a desire and a desire of the heart. The verse reads: “delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Let’s take our friend whose desire is for a million dollars. To find out the desire of the heart we have to ask him “why?” “Why do you want millions? He most likely doesn’t just want a giant check but wants all the promises that come along with money. When he has the money, then he can buy whatever he wants. When he can buy whatever he wants, then he will be happy, right? Or when he has the money, then he will have financial security. When he has the security then he will feel peace. When he has money, then he will be worth something. The desires of his heart are probably not the millions, but joy, peace, and sense of worth.
Why do we desire the perfect body? We want to be noticed. We want to be accepted and longed for by others. Yet, the deeper we go, the closer we get to our true desire. It’s not our bodies we really want people to strive after, it’s our hearts and souls. We long to be pursed and known. We want to be accepted and loved. If we felt deeply known and loved, I wonder how much those five pounds would matter.
Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He can see through our earthly desire, into the deep desires of our heart. He has the power and the promise to satisfy our eternal desires.
Jesus offers us peace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, joy. If we are honest isn’t that what is beneath all our desires?
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you unbreakable hope, overwhelming love, unending worth, true acceptance, deep lasting peace. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing ( Zephaniah 3:17). And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
This is the God we follow. This is whom we get to delight in.
So often we chase after the trivial instead of the eternal. How different would our lives be if we brought our raw desires of our hearts to the Lord? What would happen if we chased after Jesus with as much time, energy and hope as we chased success, romance, wealth, health and perfection?
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Instead of responding with skepticism, would we be able to respond with thanksgiving and a resounding amen?
Jesus, help us to fix our eyes on you, the author and perfecter of our faith. Help us open our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us and through us. Help us stop chasing our worldly desires, and allow our deep desires to soak in the promises of scripture. We lay them before your feet. We love you. Amen.
What are your desires?
What desires of the heart are hidden within these requests?
How can you delight in the Lord?
|Annika Cook works with Seattle’s The INN, with a focus on ministry to the fraternity and sororities. She love being in the lives of students and watching the Lord work. Annika got married last July, and lives in a cozy apartment across the street from the zoo with her best friend and husband Sam. She enjoys good conversations, blueberries and pretty much anything active with friends.|
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