When the Desires of your Heart…Blow up in your Face

If God tells you to delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4), why does that sometimes include the destruction of your dreams? When the desires of your heart explode in front of your face, you can be left with soot, ashes, and pain.

Asking why is often a part of processing that messy grief. Asking why can push you to a deeper place of trusting God in the midst of such pain. And leaning on Him even more now in this difficult place can move you to an even stronger relationship with Him that leads you to change your question to what now ?

Jen’s Keeping Room Tips:

Take a look at Psalm 37:4 in a new way:

  • Delight more in Who He is than dwelling in what you want or how you feel.
  • Anticipate that He is creating an even bigger, better desire in your heart.

Next, read the whole Psalm 37 chapter:

  • When you don’t understand what happened to your verse 4 desires, He provides verse 5, asking again for your commitment to Him.
  • He promises to make this relationship with Him shine in your broken heart (v. 6). 
  • He wants to calm and comfort you (v. 7-9). 
  • He warns you against the consequences of anger and anxiety (v. 7-8, 37)
  • He has big promises for you (v. 9, 11, 18-19, 22, 29, 34, 40).
  • He picks you back up, sets you on your feet and onto His path (v. 17, 23, 24, 31, 39). 
  • While you wait for the Lord to act (v. 34), He tells you an amazing truth to repeat to yourself: You, His follower, were not forsaken by Him (v. 28).
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