Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 14 - Your Heart's Desire

Susan believed if God would just give her the desire of her heart she would be happy. She felt like she had been wandering in the desert for so long and if this one thing would happen, she could be content.

Often life brings us times that feel much like desert wanderings. We are thirsty and tired and we want to realize the hope that is on our heart. We even know that “hope deferred makes the heart sick”.

Sometimes when we are wondering in life we feel we know just what would satisfy us…we know just what God should hurry up and do for us in order to satisfy our life.

The thing you are focusing on may satisfy for awhile. Yet it will not meet the deep longing in your soul. God’s presence is the only answer to that need within you. He created you with that need for Him. He is what fills it. He is the one to put your hope in.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him who is the health of my countenance and my God.” Psalm 42:11

To hope first in God means to seek His presence. So often, when the desire of our heart consumes us, we neglect His presence. We blame Him for our unfulfilled hope. We leave His Word unread and our prayers are simply wish lists to God and we want Him to hurry.

If your hope is growing thin and the desire of your heart continues to be unfulfilled, turn your attention to His presence instead. Take some time to ask Him to speak to you through His Word. Recount His faithfulness in your past. Pour out your heart to Him. Praise Him. Tell Him your disappointments. Ask His forgiveness where you need to. And listen. As you draw near to God, He promises to draw near to you. His presence will refresh you.

Commit your hopes and dreams to God and leave them with Him. Then begin seeking His presence with the same energy you sought your particular desire. It may sound trite to you now but the result will amaze you. Our God is a God of surprises and He wants us first to experience Him! Make the change today. He waits to bless you in His presence.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Thank you that You are everything I need. Help me to believe that and to move toward experiencing that in a deeper way today. Forgive me for focusing all my energy on my unfulfilled wishes. Help me today to seek You with a new desire. Bring me into Your presence and refresh me.
In the powerful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.