“We will shout for joy when you are victorious, and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests” (Psalm 20:5).
Every life has desires. When we see our heart’s desires fulfilled we are delighted and filled with joy. It is a different matter though when our desires are not met. We may experience a range of emotions from sadness to anger. This is why Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
One comforting thing is that our desires are also of interest to the Almighty God. Psalm 20:4 says, “May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Again in Jeremiah 29:11, it is written, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The Bible is full of characters and events where God meets the desires of man. In certain cases we find longings that took years to be fulfilled, with even moment of desperateness. For instance, the desire of Abraham and Sarah to have a child, only materialized as octogenarians! Hannah had a restless desire to have a child too which was met only when Prophet Eli saw her praying earnestly. “Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him” (1 Sam 12:17.)
Queen Esther had a desire to save her people from execution which she took to King Xerxes after praying and fasting with confidants. “Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you” (Esther 5: 3). David had a desire to build a temple for God. “Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel” (I Chronicles 22:6). This desire would happen soon after David’s passing.
What is your desire? Is it to land a new better paying job? Is it to raise a personal residence? Perhaps it is to enter into a sweet marital union with some faithful and stable person! It could be to get out of debt. Maybe there is an illness troubling you! Just take your desires to God. The Almighty God is in the business of embracing all manner of desires. For as it is written, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you my heart’s desires, happy and assured that you will meet them in the time of your choosing, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!