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!