In the world but not of it

March 18, 2010

Pray about that desire…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. Psalms 105:19

The New Living Translation (NLT) renders this verse in the following way:

“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character”.

In Psalms 37:4 we read “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires”.

All of us have desires for different things. At any given moment throughout the course of a day you and I spend time pondering certain things we desire. We think about that one thing and how it would feel to have it.

We play back hypothetical scenarios and conversations in our head on how we would act when that desire was fulfilled. We all do it and there is nothing wrong with having a desire unless that desire consumes us and begins to distract us away from reality and our relationship with the Lord.

Joseph was in prison and was in a place where he had time to not only ponder and think about the things he desired but also time to build upon his relationship with the Lord.

There is one key principle that strikes me in the story of Joseph in prison and it’s correlation to these two passages in Psalms.

It begins with bringing any and all desires in our hearts to the Lord in prayer. It continues with asking the Lord to manage that desire by either taking it out of our hearts and minds if it is not of Him or, if it is from Him, strengthening it and giving us the wisdom and stillness to know how, when, where to go towards it.

Perhaps this sounds all too simple, yet so many times we believe we are hearing from the Lord to act and we rush in. We neglect to pray or rather, we practice drive-by praying.

We neglect to wait for confirmation either way. You might say it was easier for Joseph; after all he was in prison and could not do anything to push along his desires. Yes, but he could have easily complained, coerced and have been more vocal about what he wanted but the scriptures indicate to us that instead he trusted…

And when the Lord’s time came (not Joseph’s) he was released and raised to power.

God places certain desires in all of us and what we really need to do is to be diligent in praying that He will work that desire in our lives one way or another.

We need to be sure that whatever the desire is that it is ultimately for God’s glory and not our own.

In the words of one man…“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”

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