It is in our human nature to have desires. Throughout our lives, each one of us has smaller and larger dreams and goals. Some of these desires come true, while others may remain a deep heart desire for many years. Sometimes, a desire within someone’s heart impacts their entire life. Many decisions are made revolving around this one desire. The paths we choose for our life will be determined by our wishes. Therefore, a desire can impact our entire life. It can either lead to great blessing or great destruction in a person’s life.
Do you have a great desire in your life? Maybe it’s a heart desire that only you know of.
In our modern world – in which almost every wish can be fulfilled or almost every goal is achievable with some effort – it is important to stop and examine our hearts. We need to have a clear picture and ask ourselves, “What guides my actions and decisions?” Especially during the years of our youth, we are required to make many life-impacting decisions. We also live in a society in which career and success seem to dictate our lives.
King Solomon had one desire at the beginning of his reign. He asked for “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:5-9, NIV). God granted him wisdom and insight. Above that, he received riches, treasures, and honor like no other king before or after him. Even though he had grandeur and wisdom, we only read of Solomon in the account of his story. In contrast, we read about his father David all the way into the New Testament. David was by no means a perfect man. He also fell and sinned against God. But what was his secret in being considered a man after God’s own heart? (Act 13:22)
He also had a heart desire in his life. It was this: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). David rejoiced in his relationship with God. He loved the Lord and had many encounters with Him throughout his life. He longed for the Lord’s presence and waited for His help time and time again. This made him one of the greatest kings of Israel. To this day, he is still a great example for God’s children.
God created us to have a relationship with Him. He doesn’t want to be only a part of our lives, but wants to fill our lives entirely. He wants to guide us in His love and wants to form our lives in a way that glorifies His name.
If our greatest desire is to live a life pleasing to God, He will lead us and fill us with His grace. Then He can guide us through our lives, turn our hearts to His desires, and fill us with His happiness, even in the darkest hours of our lives.
What moves your life? Do you want to live a successful life here on earth, or do you want a fulfilled life in daily communion with God?
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).