What do you have planned for this New Year 2017? Most times in the fall months we begin to contemplate with complete clarity, for all that we know at that time, what the upcoming year will entail for us. And many times we are scarcely done with the month of January when we realize that our traveling is far from the course we predetermined in November or December.
Could it be that we failed to ask God to be the originator of our plans? Did we fail to delight in the One who dismantles wrong desires and gives us His righteous desires? I must admit that I have spent a great number of years catering to my own desires. As I remember it now. . . . God could never have been a party to my egotistical planning. Now, I can confidently conclude that all righteous desires must have their foundation in Christ.
Our Lord never forces us to seek Him, but He has always intended for our plans, goals, and desires to arise from a deep and abiding relationship with Him. In Psalm 37, David contrasts the calamity of the wicked and heritage of the righteous. Verse 4 specifically encourages us (followers of Christ) to delight ourselves in the Lord, and in doing so, God will give us the desires of our heart. The Hebrew word translated to the English word delight means to become “soft, delicate, or pliable” in the Lord. When this happens, we will be receptive to His commands and His Word will not be burdensome to us. We will delight in Him and His Word; and consequently, our desires will become seamlessly in sync with the Father’s desire for us. The carnal and fleshly desires to which we naturally gravitate will begin to dissipate as we lose our will in His will for us.
Delight precedes desire. The precursor to lifelong desires that bring true fulfillment is delighting ourselves in Him who is able to bring them to fruition. Begin planning with much prayer, and embrace the spiritual discipline of listening during your prayer time. Our great God wants to guide us gently into His perfect will for our lives. A surrendered heart is precious in His sight.
At the intersection of grace and obedience (GO), we will always have the green light on the road to enduring peace and joy in Christ Jesus.