“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
This time of year there’s a lot of focus on the heart. Pink and red hearts are everywhere and it’s a great time to do something special for someone you love. While it may be festive for many it can also be a painful reminder of dreams unfulfilled, promises broken and hope deferred, which “makes the heart sick“. Can you relate?
Abraham’s heart received a powerful promise from God that he would become the father of many nations. When God didn’t deliver soon enough he took matters into his own hands by producing a child with his servant. That story did not end well and it’s never ended well in my life either. God doesn’t need our help, He wants our heart.
Because “The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made” Isaac was born from the elderly couple well beyond their child-bearing years. Can you imagine the joy of receiving a long-awaited promise, finally seeing it with your natural eyes and holding it in your arms? God’s promises are worth the wait.
Abraham’s heart must have been wrenched when God asked him to sacrifice his one and only son, Isaac, in Genesis 22. Has your path ever taken a turn which makes zero sense?
Unlike me, Abraham did not delay. He set out on a 3-day journey to the place where God directed with his son. What would be going through my mind? Would I even be able to walk? What would I say to Isaac when he asked: “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
In bewildering faith, Abraham responds, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And they continued in obedience. How perplexing is your circumstance? What are your saying about your situation? Are you willing to continue?
When Abraham raised the knife over Isaac, God intervened and provided a ram to take Isaac’s place. Abraham not only knew but got to experience Jehovah Jireh, the LORD our Provider.
If the cry of your heart this Valentine’s season is:
“God, I heard your promise but nothing has happened. Where are you?”, “Why does it appear the promise you provided is being taken away?”, or “My heart hurts. Make it stop.”
It’s time to refocus.
1. Look away from the pain and focus on the Provider.
2. Choose new words to describe your situation. Try saying “God himself will provide” until you believe it.
3. “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
When was the last time you asked the Creator of your heart to delight it in Him?
With a heart that has journeyed epic highs and lows, and in His Unfailing Love,