“The Lord will give you, your hearts desires.”
Ever heard that? Very likely you have. Lots of preacher in the “health and wealth” movement quote this verse.
The idea of the verse is, if you want something bad enough, if you will just believe and have faith, God will give it to you. “The Lord will give you… your heart’s desires.”
But that’s not what the verse means. Look at the sentence preceding that sentence. The verse reads, “Trust in the Lord and do good AND.. He will give you the desires of your heart.” The verse is not intended to be a blank check… just ask and you will get. Instead, the verse means if we trust the Lord, our desires become God’s desires. God’s will becomes our desires. So, yes, God will give us the desires of our heart when we are trusting God fully because we want what God wants.
So, we may think, “I want a new car,” or, “I want a new house,” or, “I want a trip.” And, that’s nice… but just wanting something may not make it happen. I’m not saying it can’t happen… God can do what God wants but, this verse isn’t teaching us to just “name it and claim it.” It’s teaching us that when we are sold out to God, our desires become God’s desires.
God made us. God is sovereign. God knows what’s best for us. We can trust the Lord and when we do, our desires become God’s desires.