Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT) 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. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Life is complicated. I believe that in our effort to somehow find love, joy and peace outside of God that humanity has taken something simple and made it very hard. We have eternity interwoven in our heart. It is the fiber of our being that tells us there is more to life than this. It is the eternal hope and thread of optimism that pushes us through tragedy and trials in life. The Lord promises to make everything beautiful in its time but society wants it all right now. No wait time included. The simplicity of our faith is so radically finite that it is compared to a mustard seed. God filled us with a measure of them from the start.
Where we plant those seeds will determine the harvest. Seeds sown in the wrong environment will not yield good fruit. For example, bananas prefer hot, humid climates over colder temperatures. It is with this in mind that believers must evaluate where they sow to determine the harvest of their life. We have two choices. To sow in earthly endeavors or the Kingdom of God. They are interrelated. To plant a seed really doesn’t require a degree in rocket science. Find some good soil, break it apart, drop in some seeds and maybe a little fertilizer, cover it, water it, watch it and wait. Even seed scattered carelessly can begin to grow into its potential.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
There it is plain and simple. Trust the Lord. Do good. You will live safely in the land and prosper. That’s it. No strings attached. Sowing and reaping was established in the days of Noah and the promise is to continue until the earth is no more. Where are you sowing seeds of faith today? Is it in your spouse, children, job, church, or community? Who do you rely on for love, joy and peace? Where do you find satisfaction? Are you content? God is faithful. He has promised us safety and prosperity if our trust is planted in Him and our productivity is to do good.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
God wants to give you the desires of your heart. Trust me I know this to be true firsthand. My oldest daughter was a surprise pregnancy during a very difficult time in my life. I didn’t experience any joy at the sight of the positive plus sign on the drug store test. I shared my cares and concerns with my close friends and midwife. One morning, I woke up with complications. Nature was granting my wish. I went to the midwife, though not a believer, she had sage advice. She told me my body was rejecting the baby because I did not want it. If I did not change my mind, I would most certainly miscarry. I felt like such a horrible person. Far from God at the time, I dared to pray. After years of silence, He spoke to me in an audible voice. “I am giving you the desire of your heart.” A divine set up that would lead me back to Him. I knew in that instance that the baby I was carrying was not a tragic mistake during a difficult time. She was a promise. She would grow up to be a mighty woman of God. God doesn’t look at our present situation, condition or circumstance. He looks ahead to the blessings and promises that He predestined for our life to give us a rich and satisfying life. It is from that perspective that He works in us and through us. Trust will come to those who choose to find delight in the Lord rather than relying on the conditions of their life to dictate their reaction or response. Every day there are situations that require us to decide – will I trust the Lord or trust me? Will I trust others or the One who created me with a perfect plan? Our delight must be in the Lord no matter how life looks or feels at the time.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Why commit everything to the Lord? Why be all in? What’s in it for me? How about a little perspective? The prophet Jeremiah petitioned the Lord on behalf of Israel. God continually showed His People mercy and they continually rebelled even after He set them free from bondage in Egypt leading them to the Promised Land. God outlines the sins of His People and their current situation in Jeremiah 32:26-35 in great detail punctuated by Jerusalem’s impending fall. Then look at how good our God is:
Jeremiah 32:37-41 (NLT) I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.
Despite their overwhelming rebellion, propensity for sin, and constant turning from Him, God’s Desire for them is still vehemently clear. God desire you, friend. He desires me. No matter how many times I fall or fail Him – He desires to love me, bless me, restore me and prosper me. Not just me – all of His Children equally. Grace levels the playing field so that everyone has a chance to live a victorious life. If you are breathing, there is still great potential left for you and many promises waiting on the other side of trust. Faith is not a tangible product that will yield its fruit when properly placed in God and His Kingdom.
Matthew 6:21 (NLT) Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Could it be so simple? When our treasure is in the Lord, the desires of our heart will be released in our life. Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life. His Goodness is for the land of the living – not just eternity. The Word is full of precious promises with each one of our names on it reserved for God’s Children. We cannot force open the windows of Heaven but worship for release. We cannot open the hand of God for the taking but experience the warmth of His Embrace. He has the power to change our perspective before the pressure is released. It is all about desire. What is your heart’s desire? Now go higher. The Lord is ready to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can think, ask or even imagine. Do not limit the potential of your life to your perspective. But allow the Living God to expand your view and fill your heart with hope.
How does one accomplish such a thing? Easy. Trust the Lord. Do good. Take delight in Him. Commit everything you do to God and His Glory. Trust Him some more. He will give you the desires of your heart. It’s just that simple…
Micah 6:8 (NLT) No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.