What Is The Desire Of Your Heart?
Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It was a recurring question, but later seemed to fade by the junior high/middle school years. At that phase they were being guided toward making decisions about the future- their educational and professional choices.
In some studies about the aging population of America, a question is asked, “What would you do differently if you had life to live over?” The common response is “I would have taken more risks.”
Some Christians live the philosophy that “God knows what I want and need so I’m trusting Him to take care of everything.”
In Psalms 37:3-5 AMP, God said:
3) Trust [lean on, rely on, and be confident] in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4) Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5) Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust [lean on, rely on, and be confident] also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
The idea of “just let go and let God” may be fine if you’re talking about letting go of worries and cares. But if we’re trying to leave our receiving up to him, we will be disappointed with the results. We can’t leave up to Him what he left up to us.
Mark 11:24 AMP
For this reason, I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe [trust and be confident] that it is granted to you and you will [get it].
As I approach the next season of my life, I realize there will be new opportunities and decisions available to me. Maybe it is time to take stock of that childhood question, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” I know I don’t want to look back several decades later and wish I had taken more risks.
I’m learning to be more open to hearing the somewhat daunting voice of God, and I’m starting to recognize that He has a much bolder opinion of my future than I have envisioned. I’m starting to understand that in order to achieve anything God has planned for my life I will have to get out of the boat of comfort and walk on the seas of uncertainty.
Challenge yourself to consider what God may have planned for your future. As you endeavor to fulfill God’s purpose for your life, let me hear from you so I can add my faith to yours. On a regular basis I spend time praying for the members, families, and friends of our Fellowship. In order to be more precise in my prayers, please feel free to share your hopes, dreams and desires with me- held in strictest confidence.
The future is not just for us, but for those who are yet to come, and especially for whom God has called us to be a blessing.
In this season of thanksgiving, I pray the Lord bless and keep you. May the hedge of His grace, mercy and peace remain around you, and may He grant you the desires of your heart.
Alan Schmook, President
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America™