What do you want?

I started leading a new ladies bible study last week at church. We are discussing self-confidence as opposed to God-confidence. The first chapter in the book had us read Psalm 23. I’ve been thinking about the first verse “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” The Message translation reads, “God, my Shepherd! I don’t need a thing.

I think David would have only been able to say this (and meant it) if His heart was aligned with what God wanted for Him. David is at rest. He knows that the shepherd taking care of him is The Shepherd. The Shepherd wont abandon him when life gets hard. The Shepherd leads him, guides him, restores him, comforts him and satisfies him. When we place our confidence in God, He supplies all our needs and our wants.

What I’ve also discovered is that when we depend on Him with every ounce of our being, He will change our desires and our wants to match His. I’ve mentioned this before but during the times in my own life when I knew that my desires did not match what God desired for me the most awesome thing I ever witnessed God doing was changing my heart to align it with what He wanted for me. One day… He and I were butting heads and the next… we were totally on the same page! It was amazing. The tug-of-war match between us finally ended and He and I were finally travelling in the same direction. I was finally resting. And the only thing I did to make this change happen was to pray for Him to make His desires…my desires as well. I prayed for this over and over, and over. I harassed God! I don’t think anything pleases God more than when He hears his children praying to change their heart to match His!

I found myself in 1 John this morning. Our hearts are sometimes tempted to want what the world wants but 1 John reminds us that the world’s wants will never satisfy us.

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world
squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. (1 John 2:15-17)

Linking up with Tiffini today for Word Women Wednesday!


9 thoughts on “What do you want?

  1. Kandi

    How true this is Eileen. When we depend on God with every ounce of our being, for everything we need, we have everything we need, regardless of how little of the worldly things we have. Great post.

  2. Kelli

    I love this girl! I bet that's a great Bible study at your church! Just you leading it is YOU surrendering to God's plan. This was a favorite in my quiet time last week and it goes so well with this… "My heart has heard you say, "come talk with me," and my heart responds, "Lord I am coming!" Ps. 27:8… dont you love that. Such surrender, obedience and intimacy in that verse! We have to depend on God, and why not, He sees and knows everything!

  3. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a wonderful point Eileen! Your statement : "What I've also discovered is that when we depend on Him with every ounce of our being, He will change our desires and our wants to match His." is an excellent perspective that I think is missed far too often.

    Thank you for this, and have a Blessed Day!

  4. Lisa

    Eileen, God has been saying to me, "Why are you trying so hard to do this on your own?" There are obviously parts of my life that I am holding back, thinking I can take care of it. But God wants it all, and it's when we fully surrender to Him that we find complete peace. Thanks for this post!

  5. Eileen

    Some great comments! And Kelli, that's a great verse. I think just making that choice to come and talk to Him starts the process of changing our hearts. We need to stay close Him!

  6. Abby

    I loved this and it is so good and true. Which translation is that of I John? It is amazing…well, that's God's Word…it is striking and able to cut right into the heart…

    and thank you for linking with Tiffini and reading today…by His grace and strength alone, Abby:)

  7. Debbie Dillon

    Love this: "Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world
    squeezes out love for the Father."
    What a great post – thanks for sharing.
    Be blessed!

  8. Tiffini

    I so know this butting heads route..yes that our heart is matched to His…I so desire this but often find myself desiring what the world says I need.
    Not so…I find true satisfaction and rest when my heart is beating with His. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us today


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