Desiring Eternal Treasures
By: Keneesha Saunders-Liddie
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart – Psalm 37:4
As a young girl, I heard this verse repeatedly. Sometimes it was in relation to getting a baby, a husband, or a boyfriend. However, as I study God’s Word and grow to know him more and more, I have realized I didn’t really know the heart of this verse.
The desires of the heart are unique to everyone. What I desire and long for might not be what you really want. Maybe you wait in long lines for the latest iPhone to be released. Or maybe the day your favorite show drops another new season, you can hardly wait to get home to start binge-watching.
There are others who long to be noticed and loved by their parents or children, others who are waiting for a letter of acceptance to college or a job or project.
What, if anything, do all of these desires have in common?
They are all earthly.
Nothing is wrong with any of these desires, however, if you did what the Scripture tells you to do literally--- to delight yourself in the Lord, I am positive your desires will begin to shift.
God is an eternal God; all that he is does not think or dwell on any of the earthly possessions that we possess here on earth. Does that mean that God is not concerned about your prayer request for earthly possessions? No, but if we find true rest and contentment in God, our thoughts, desires and wants will begin to align with his.
Would you rather gain this world and lose your soul, or would you delight in his Word and promises and be content with all that he provides? Whether we realize it or not, God is taking good care of us; he gives us health and strength; he gives us food, a job and a place to sleep.
He has provided everything we already possess and will possess and all he wants from us is total surrender (delight) and contentment.
There is a restlessness that envelopes someone that is never content. They go through their whole life searching and never having peace.
“Seek ye the first the kingdom of God and everything else that your heart longs for will be provided.” This will happen because you and God will be in harmony. There would be no room for disappointment because God longs for you to know that he has your best interests at heart. God should have first priority in your life. Do not seek satisfaction from this world because it will always fall short. Only God can exceed and give you everything that your heart longs for. So, fully delight in him.
Keneesha Saunders-Liddie is a writer, avid reader and Jesus lover. She recently started a blog https://womenlovinggodsway.com to encourage women to show Christian love to others and to share biblical counsel with anyone who needs it. She firmly believes that the bible has the answers to everything that pertains to life. She is a wife, mother and student. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.
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