Getting What You Desire | Thoughts on Scripture
“He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”
— Psalm 145: 17
Good desires are very important things. They’re right up there with dreams and hopes. We all have a list of things we desire, whether it is to get that dream job, getting married and raising a family, watching your family grow in God, seeing a loved one fully recover from sickness and return to health, etc.
Did you know that we can trust God to fulfill our desires?
Recently while pondering Psalm 145: 17-21, I got to thinking about His promise to fulfill my desires. One in particular that relates to the well-being of my family came to mind and I felt like God was telling me to have confidence that He will answer my prayer.
For a few days I prayed about it and thought about what it means. Then God began to show me something else.
In the Seeking Him Bible Study by Life Action Ministries, they talk about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, how he asked God to remove it, and how God responded.
“The Lord did not choose to grant that desire. Instead, the Lord gave Paul exactly what he needed to deal with the thorn and to turn it into a blessing.” What He gave Paul was grace.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
— 2 Corinthians 12: 9
I took another look at the passage in the Psalms. Was I wrong then in thinking that God would fulfill that desire?
What are the desires of those who fear God? We all have individual desires but from a broader perspective, those who fear God, the godly-minded, will want to see His will accomplished because they know that His will is better than anything they could ever imagine.
With that in mind the verse takes on a new meaning. We may yet receive the particular desires of our heart, but if God has something to accomplish through the trial, He may feel it more beneficial to let us remain as we are for a little longer.
The second part of the verse, “He also will hear their cry and save them,” is a comfort to us during that time. He promises to save us, that His grace is sufficient for our needs.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
— 2 Corinthians 9: 6 (emphasis mine)
It always comes back to trusting God with every part of our lives, doesn’t it?
For further study,
-Read about Paul’s suffering in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10. Whatever Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, how does he respond to God’s answer to his prayer?
-Genesis 39: 21-23 tells about Joseph being imprisoned after being falsely accused. He was a righteous man and God could have set him free from the difficult situation he was in. However, God chose to have him remain. What happened because of this?
*All scripture references are from the NKJV
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