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The desires of your heart

Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:1-4

Jealousy is very destructive. You put too much pressure to yourself when you never feel contentment or satisfaction with your situation. This was due to the comparison you make when you start to look around and have self-pity when you do not have what others have. It is sad to see people remain in such situation. Your desire is a good gauge to find out what is in your heart. What you have in your heart, you start to long for, and then you start to form your motives that lead to actions. It is easy to be tempted and pursue what you desire that seeks out self-gratification. The Psalmist from the text challenged God’s followers not to be envious of what others have especially the wicked. God’s command is to delight in Him. Desire should no longer be motivated by worldly appetites but to seek out on what glorifies and honors God. The challenge “delight in the Lord” from the text means that you place yourself completely in the light of God. Once you establish such position your motives will start to change. Instead of pursuing material things, you start to realize what contentment and satisfaction is all about. This is what the apostle Paul learned when he surrendered his life to Christ. Through Christ, he can enjoy and be satisfied with whatever he has. “For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13). Continue to live the life of Christ in you by delighting in Him. When you do, you start to find God’s purpose for your life, than you start to live a life of meaning, and you continue to grow following His word. And just like what He promised, “He will give you your heart’s desires.”


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