Desires of the Heart

When it comes to matters of the heart, the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Jesus said the greatest, most important thing a person should do is love the Lord their God with all of their heart (Matthew 22:37).  The heart of a person is the single, greatest focus of God’s concern and measurement when he weighs a life.  “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (1 Samuel 16:7)

Generally speaking, the heart is the inner self that thinks, feels and decides. In the Bible, the word heart has a much broader meaning.  The heart is that which is central to man.  Nearly all the references to the heart in the Bible refer to some aspect of human personality and encompasses all emotions, thinking processes, intellectual activities, decision-making, as well as, one’s purpose, intention, and will.  The heart is someone’s true character or personality.  

Have you ever given much thought about your own heart?  What does your heart desire?  “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  (Matthew 12:34) A good indicator of what’s truly in your heart is to listen to your own words.  What do you discuss the most?  What goes through your mind when you lie down at night? What keeps you awake? It’s likely the unmet desires of your heart.

That’s what we all want, isn’t it – to have our heart’s desires fulfilled.  When I first became a Christian, I stumbled across a little verse that I immediately memorized.  “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4) This was my favorite verse.  I, in my naivety, saw God as this fairy-godmother type figure that flew around with a magic wand and granted all of my wishes. 

This verse, in my mind, translated to God will give me whatever my heart desires. Unfortunately, it took nearly two decades for me to understand I had completely misinterpreted this verse. When I delight myself in the Lord, he will give me the desires of my heart. The first part of this verse is the key.  Delighting myself in the Lord opens the door, not for God to fulfill my every desire, but to literally change my desires.  He changes my heart, and my heart desires to be more like his.  His desires are not for me to have the biggest, fanciest house or a closet full of the latest fashions.  His desires are for me to love others and to serve others. The actual object of my desire change because my desire in and of itself has changed.  

“God assess our lives based on how we love. Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter unless it’s about loving God and loving the people he has made?” /1.

Our hearts are very near and dear to God’s heart. He cares deeply about us and wants us to be strong, happy and full of life and love.  He carefully molds us into the people that he wants us to be.  I think this is why God placed eternity in our hearts.  He knows that nothing on earth that we chase or desire will ever truly satisfy our souls as He does. 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in thehuman heart; yet no one canfathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

/1.Francis Chan, Crazy Love

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