Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well. I’m posting a few hours early due to March Break occurring in our neck of the world. In any case, I hope you don’t mind. Have a blessed week!
Let’s top up our coffees and see what Solomon has to say about the desires of the hearts of the foolish and wise…
Desires of the Foolish and the Wise
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. (Proverbs 11:6)
The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. (Proverbs 11:20)
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.(Proverbs 12:20)
Proverbs 10:8, 20; 11:27; 12:23, 25; 13:12, 25; 14:6, 10, 32; 15:14; 18:15; 19:22; 20:18; 28:5, 17: 29:10, 26
What is your greatest desire? What is it that you want most in this world? In all honesty, at this point in my life, I would probably blurt out, “A retirement home by the water.” Of course, there is the never ending desire for my children and family’s health and protection, as well as, mine and my husband’s. For some, it may be prestige, a certain level of success or salary. Is any one of these desires sinful? Not necessarily. In the above verses from Solomon, it’s not the actual desire that he is talking about, but how we desire to follow through with achieving our heart’s desire.
It is so easy to get caught up in our desirous ways that we set our hearts and minds on our own means by which to reach our dreams. By doing so can lead us down a very self-centred, destructive path. How many people have lost their families, marriages, employment, freedom because they let themselves get caught up in pursuing a goal by their own means. In our sinfulness, we can be drawn in to contemplating desperate and evil means in order to get what our heart desires. For these people, their desire becomes their personal obsession. This is what Solomon is referring to as foolish.
On the other hand, those who lay their heart’s desire before God, while continuing to trust him first and foremost in their life, can live day to day having the peace of knowing that if and when it happens, it will be in God’s timing; that in all things for their life, they say, ‘Thy will be done, Lord!” This is the peace of the wise. This is the delight and joy of the wise. Does this require patience, discipline, obedience and guidance? Absolutely! The perfect setting through which the Holy Spirit will be working to produce his fruits in his children.
Therefore, don’t hide your heart’s desires from the Lord, as if you can do anything in secret anyways. Instead, seek the Lord and his will for your life. Lay these hopes and dreams before him and let him have control over them for your life. Then, be patient and watchful. If they are to occur, he will permit them to happen in the perfect time, and if they are not, then may he grant you peace to let them go. But in all things, seek the Lord first, living in his redemption and forgiveness, and walking humbly and mercifully with him, each and every day. Remember that, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2) Yet, as you “Take delight in the Lord, [and] he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive me when I seek to accomplish my goals pursuing my own selfish ways. Today, I lay before you my desires of _____________. I ask that you take control of their outcome. Give me the patience as I await their fulfillment and the peace in knowing that whatever the outcome, it is one according to your will for my life. Help me to always set my heart on seeking you, your love and your forgiveness through which it pleased you to redeem me, a sinner. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!