What makes you want to give them things you know they’ll like? It’s because we love them, of course.
There are those times; however, when our spirit is NOT so giving.
The disobedience of your children can frustrate you…even to the point of exhaustion at times. (“Lock-yourself-in-the-bathroom to hide” type of frustration ) 😉
If one of my sons were very disobedient one day, how silly it would be for me to say, “Son, you’ve just been so bad today…let’s go out for an ice cream treat!”
As ridiculous as that sounds, many Christians expect God to continue blessing them even when they haven’t been obeying His Word.
Don’t miss out on God’s blessings!
Consider today’s verse, Psalms 37:4. Delighting ourselves in the Lord would be the state of devoting ourselves entirely to pleasing Him. The will and state of our heart would be totally fixed on obeying, honoring and pleasing the Lord Jesus.
What parent would not want to shower their own goodness on a child who would be so devoted to pleasing and obeying them? We could not resist trying to please them in return.
I’m not trying to imply that we focus all our hope on being blessed with earthly things. Dresses, jewelry, furniture and such are lovely things, but we can’t take them with us to Heaven. It’s fun to enjoy them, but our life shouldn’t be totally centered and consumed around material things.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:20, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
Let’s make a commitment to serve the Lord. Let’s win a crown that we can offer at Jesus’ feet!
I believe when we truly want to please the Lord, our desires will be in line with the Lord’s desires. We’ll desire His will for us.
Let’s also remember, sin can keep us from getting our prayers answered. The Bible says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: ” Psalms 66:18.
What many blessings we miss when our heart is not delighting in the Lord! Let’s focus this week and our future on truly delighting ourselves in the Lord.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. ~ Psalms 37:4