God's Wants v. My Wants

Hey guys.  So today is Tuesday, and I don’t have class on Tuesdays.  I was just about to begin a section of my research paper for Expository Writing concerning the issue of stem cell ethics, but I decided to write on here instead.

Today I wanted to write about the power struggle that I often see going on in my own head.  I want things.  God wants things.  How do I know when I want what God wants?  Additionally, when it is made apparent that our wants do not line up, how do I rid myself of my wants and pursue His?  I have been struggling with these questions lately.  These are not questions man can answer on his own.  Rather, man must read God’s Word to see how this complex situation works.

The first question I want to attempt to answer is, “How do I know when I want what God wants?”  I have really been grappling with this question a lot lately and have gone to bed frustrated many nights trying to solve it in my head logically.  After a few rough nights, I finally decided to be wise and see what God had to say about it.  It took me too long to do so in my opinion.  But regardless, and obviously, God had an answer that was easy to find and made sense in every way.

I was flipping through some Psalms on Sunday morning and I came across a passage that answered my question to a T.  Psalm 37: 3-4 (CSB) says, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”  I found great joy in this verse.  So many times in the past couple of months things have gone exactly the opposite of the way in which I wanted them to go.  In literature we call such instances “cosmic” or “situational” irony.  Cosmic irony occurs when it appears that the forces of nature are against you and you simply are not supposed to achieve the goal you wish to see.  As Christians, we may call these “forces of nature” God, but sometimes, when you are not trusting in the Lord and doing what is good, He simply will NOT give you what you want, no matter how hard you try.  Situational irony occurs when things do not go according to how the character thinks they will, but rather, the exact opposite occurs.  Yet again, if we do not take delight in the Lord, we may want quite the opposite of what is best for us, and our purpose in His kingdom.  I have had quite of this lately.  This leads me to my next point…

“When I finally realize that my wants are not lining up with God’s, WHAT DO I DO!?!?”  Simple.  Let’s take a look at this verse again.  “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (v. 4).  The way to want what God wants is much simpler than I thought it was.  If we do what is good and trust and delight in the Lord, He will give me the desires of my heart!  He does not give me the desires simply because I have met His requirements to do so, but rather, He gives me my desires because if I am taking delight in the Lord, trusting Him, and doing what is good, I WILL NATURALLY WANT WHAT GOD WANTS!  If I immerse myself in the Word of the Most High, pray and ask Him for heavenly guidance, and seek wise counsel, my wants will change and adhere to God’s wants naturally.  BAH!  THIS IS SO SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND!

Quite simple to understand, yes?  Now here comes the complex part:  Doing it.  Those three prerequisites:  1) Delighting in the Lord 2) Trusting Him 3) Doing what is good are not empty words and simple actions.  Accomplishing these three things take an incredible amount of time in prayer and conversation with God, a deep, analytical, and profound study of His Word, and lastly, wise counsel.

God is looking out for His kingdom, and He wants to use us to do so.  You can either go along willingly and excitedly, or you can throw a temper-tantrum and get drug along anyway, because He isn’t leaving us behind.

I want things.  God wants better things.

Have a good day.