Hello, friends! Today is the first day of May (it’s gonna be May…hehe), and I thought that a great way to kick off this month would be with the beginning of this new series on my blog. Personally, I love devotionals. I find them to be so helpful in pointing my focus back to what matters, and I love when I find something that speaks so clearly to whatever situation I may be in at the time I read it. I’m hoping that, with this series of verses, that I will be able to speak into the lives of other people, and that they will find peace and understanding through the words that I share.
If you know me fairly well, you will know that my favorite verse for the past few years has been Psalm 37:4. I thought that it would be a good place to start, because I could explain to you all just why this verse is my favorite! The verse says…
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Now, when I first read this verse, it sounded pretty appealing to me. I mean, all I have to do is be happy about God, and I’ll get what I want?! My selfish, human heart really liked the sound of that. But over time, through the teaching of other people and my own careful reflection, I came to really understand what the Bible is trying to tell me through this verse.
Rather than this being a me focused verse, it is aiming to be a God focused verse.
I know, that seems really obvious, but bear with me. What I think this verse is really trying to say is that when you truly take the time to dig into what God has for you in prayer and through time in His Word, the more that your most deeply rooted desires will align with what He has for your life. Instead of telling God, “Hey, here’s a list of things that I want to obtain/accomplish in my life. Let’s get to work,” your outlook on life will come to a place where you say to God, “I commit my life to You, Lord. What is it that you have in store for me?” We get to tune ourselves into what He has for us – something that is, without a doubt, even more amazing than the greatest plan we could ever come up with on our own.
How cool would it be to really be in tune with what God has for your life? Something that I’ve always struggled with has been how to know if something that I’m thinking is of my own volition or if it’s something that God has placed in my heart and mind. If we truly take delight in the Lord and all He may have for us, spending time with Him regularly, we would be able to distinguish more clearly if it is within God’s will or not.
I really hope that this spoke into your life. Look out for some more posts like this!