“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)
What do you really desire? What have you prayed for continually that hasn’t been answered? What do you wish for that just hasn’t come?
And now you’ve grown weary and you’re ready to throw in the towel. You think, “I guess God really doesn’t want that for me and I’m okay.” Except you’re not.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced that and then a breakthrough happens. Occasionally I’ve thought, “So God, you couldn’t give me this a little sooner?”
I won’t pretend to understand the mind of God. Heck, half the time I don’t understand my own.
Yet, as a father nothing delights me more than seeing my children happy when I give them a gift. But I also love them enough to want only what I know is best for them and so at times withheld requests.
When my children grew a bit older they could still delight in me as their father because they trusted I loved them and wanted only what was best for them. Yeah, and then sometimes it didn’t work out exactly like that.
I think it works the same with God. Only he’s a whole lot smarter.