Have you ever heard a Minister or a Christian say, “God will give you the desires of your heart?” When you hear that, you could think, “Wow! I want a new house or, a new car or an all-expenses paid trip!”
But that’s not what that verse means. God will give us the desires of our heart when our heart is in sync with God. Because when it is, we want what God wants. Our desires are God’s desires.
So, what are God’s desires for us? God’s desires are for us to bring God glory. God wants to use us to demonstrate His love to our fellow man. God may give us a nicer home than we could afford but, He wants us to use it for His glory. God may have given you a promotion. If so, He wants you to use His financial resources to advance His kingdom.
When our desires are God’s desires, God will bless us and we should use those blessings for His glory.
Around the first of February, I resigned as Pastor of FBC Emerson. At that time, my plans were to substitute teach and do supply preach or maybe an Interim. Neither of those plans worked out. Instead, I went to work at Town Center Nissan in Kennesaw where I was a Porter and then, transferred to Hardy Ford in Dallas where I’m in sales.
Over the last six months, I’ve been learning the car business and I’ve preach a few times. This is new for me. I’ve been a Pastor all my life so, I’m doing a career change in my fiftie’s. It’s definitely not how you would draw up but, it is what it is.
Over the past six months, the Lord has taught me a lot. But there are a couple of broad principles God has taught/reminded me of. They are:
God loves us. Hopefully we know this but, even if you know it, at times, you can forget it. At times you can question the existence of God. But, regardless how things are God does love us.
God provides the necessities for us. Notice I said, “necessities.” That means God provides the basics. The basics are shelter, food, basic transportation.
There may be some things we have to do without. But, God takes care of us.
God has a plan for our lives. Right now, I don’t know affirmatively what God’s plan is for me, but God does. I simply have to have faith that God wants to use me.
But here is the big one. We have to have FAITH that the above is true. There will be times when you don’t know how God will provide but He does. Again. I didn’t say God would fly us to Acapulco. But God does care of us.
As a car salesman, I am paid on commission. That commission varies from week to week, depending on how many cars I sale. I have to believe… have faith.. that whatever my commission is, God will take care of me.
Maybe you are going through something like this. Be reminded that God does Love you… God will provide the necessities for us… God does have a plan for our lives… and we have to have faith that these things are true.
We believe in the power of prayer. We believe that our Heavenly Father listens to us and helps us. We believe Jeremiah 33:3 which says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things…”
But, there are times when life knocks us to our knees and we have a difficult time praying. We try to form words, but we cant. We are hurting so bad, we are so disappointed that we do not have the strength to pray. We may ramble and try but we feel like our prayers aren’t getting past the ceiling.
When we are going through a divorce, we want to pray but can’t. When a child goes astray, we want to pray but can’t. When we go through bankruptcy, we want to pray but can’t.
Thankfully, when we are in those positions, the Holy Soirit prays for is. Paul wrote, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…” ( Romans 8:26).
What a wonderful promise! When we can’t pray, the Spirit intercedes for us. Today, maybe you can’t pray. The Spirit will intercede for you. The Spirit will lift you up when you are down. Thank the Lord for the comfort of the Holy Spirit!
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”Romans 8:26 NASB
Last night, Holli watched “Sister Act II.” “Sister Act II” and Sister Act I” were about a lounge singer, (Whoopi Goldberg) being placed in the Witness Protection program and she became a choir director at a Catholic Girls school. She begins working with the choir and transforms it into a great choir.
In “Sister Act II,” there is a girl who loves to sing but her Mom doesn’t believe singing will help her in life. She sees it as a hobby and nothing else. The Mom is so adamant in her resistance to her daughter singing that she tells her to drop out of choir. But the girl sings any way and, goes against her Mom’s will and sings with the choir.
The choir goes to their competition and this young lady opens their performance with a solo. So, she’s on stage and the piano begins to play. As the young lady scans the audience, she sees her Mother. As she does, she can’t sing. The piano plays but the young lady doesn’t respond.
This happens twice.
Then, finally… the young lady begins to sing and does a beautiful job.
But think about that… at first, the young lady couldn’t sing. Why? There was nothing wrong with her voice. But she spotted her Mother, who didn’t share her enthusiasm about music and the young lady lost her song. That can happen in life as well.
Maybe there is someone who is taking your song. Maybe it’s a boss, or a colleague at work or maybe a church member. Maybe it’s your spouse or someone e4lse. You love to sing and you have a beautiful voice but, someone has taken your song.
In the movie, this young lady begins to sing and does a great job. You can sing just as well. Don’t let some bitter, unhappy person rob you of your song.
Holli and I enjoyed two nights and a day at Lake Tonetty. This morning we wake up to a quiet morning on the lake. As I sit in silence and look at God’s creation, like Solomon years ago I say, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. You have kept your promise..”
Think about those words; “there is no one like you in heaven and earth.” We live in a pluralistic society. We have religious freedom in our land which gives everyone the right to worship as they choose and they have the right to not worship. But, in a land of many Gods, there is no one like Jehovah God. No one compares.
The lyrics of an old song, “How Great Thou Art,” bear that out.
“O Lord my God,
When I in awesome wonder.
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made.
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder.
Thy power throughout,
The Universe displayed.
Then sings my soul
My savior God to thee.
Then sings my soul,
My Savior God to Thee.
How great Thou Art
How great Thou Art.”
There is NO one like Jehovah God!
A lesson from my personal life;
When I experience rejection, I have a tendency to stay down. Throw a pity party etc…But I have learned that does ZERO good. The best thing I can do is get up, dust myself off & roll on. You can’t roll on if you are dwelling on the past. It’s hard to make another sale if you are dwelling on the one you missed. Paul said, “Forgetting what lies behind, I press on..”
Flush the past & press on.
Have you ever experienced rejection? It can really sting. I experienced some recently. It can hit you with the impact of a haymaker.
When you experience rejection, Satan can really go to work in your mind. Satan can make you think you are worthless. But it’s a lie. God loves us all…doesn’t matter what we have faced
In the Old Testament, David wanted to build God a temple but God told him no. In the book of Acts, Paul wanted to sail in a certain direction but the spirit of God wouldn’t let him. Instead, Paul went to Macedonia and started the church at Phillipi.
So, if you have experienced rejection, you aren’t alone but don’t give up. God IS still on the throne and God DOES love us.