Delight and Distraction

086 - CopyHave you ever had a moment when God surprised you by answering a desire in your heart that was there a while? Usually that’s the way desires are, they come, they linger, and sometimes many years pass before any action takes place regarding them. Desires by their nature are things we often wait for.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lordand He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Sometimes we believe we’ve delighted in the LORD a long time and a desire is still unmet? Why is that? One thing that I’ve come to understand is that the delight part of that verse really is a command, and that if we actually did delight, then maybe we wouldn’t obsess about the desire.

 If we continue looking for things that haven’t happened yet or that we don’t have yet, that can become idolatry. The first commandment reminds us that God has nothing before Him. So, when we look to God and Him alone, somehow, He becomes our desire and our desires become what He would desire for us.

We fall in love with Jesus.

We trust Him.

We trust His timing… instead of having a “what have you done for me lately” attitude. 

The Bible says that He is looking for people to support, people who are devoted to Him. There’s many translations of 2 Chronicles 16:9
https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/2%20Chronicles%2016%3A9
Amy Grant wrote a song and the lyrics went like this:

The Lord has a will and I have a need to follow that will, to humbly be still, to rest in it, nest in it, fully be blessed in it, following my Father’s will.

Mostly, this delighting comes down to submission to His care, His control in our lives, His plan…learning to love the GIVER instead of the gifts.
Certainly, throughout our lives, God does answer many of our desires. He loves us and giving is in His nature to do.

One amazing thing I’ve seen God do in my life is answer desires I didn’t even know I had!

When this happens, it reminds me that some of the things I’m distracted by don’t come close to what God really wants to do in me. And in that moment, my heart rejoices and I’m reminded how good God is, how He really does hear His children, He really cares.  Being a child of God through His Son, Jesus, is truly delightful.

Sometimes, God will step in and give us aid from our distractions. Other times, He just can’t. Distractions cause us to miss the very thing He did want to give us. Surely the Lord knows how we are made and He protects us from ourselves many times. But I believe, His desire would be that we would look to Him for our desires. Many times, this requires me to refocus, do a soul check, and decide once again that He is my delight and He is my hearts desire.

Staying focused on His plan requires spiritual tenacity at times. The enemy of our souls has his own delight and that is to get our focus off Jesus so that we will run after empty things. When this happens, the soul becomes restless.  It’s then I’m reminded to confess my wandering and willfully choose to get back with Jesus. I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who makes me aware of the distractions. If I want all of Jesus that I can have then I will have to delight in Him once again.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9