“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
Sometimes for me the hardest thing to do is take my own advice; it’s a lot easier to counsel someone then it is to be counseled. In times of distress or anguish, I find it a little easier to “Work Backwards” when I know what I want the end result to be.
What do I want?
Peace. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” – Isaiah 26:3. The destination can only be reached by following the right path. I find that when I’m seeking relief, a number of things can become options… and the one I choose is going to determine where I end up.
Trust. “Trust in the LORD, and do good, dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” – Psalm 37:3. The amount of faith I have in God will be exhibited during my toughest trials. If God is who He says He is, then my actions have to be my best effort… even if I don’t feel like it. Then what?
Food. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105. Not just reading His Word, but feeding off of it. His word needs to give me the spiritual nutrition I need to get to that place of “perfect peace.”
This journey to get myself back to experiencing peace and joy is part of living out our relationship with God. The picture I get is one of us looking intently unto Jesus with a confidence that He will lead me from the stormy seas and bring me to still waters. Sometimes I allow myself to become a “product of my environment” where my thoughts have become confused and I need Jesus.
Working backwards helps me to start with the end result and gives me the endurance to commit myself though the process. “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” – Psalm 37:5. This makes a blurred picture begin to come into focus.
My greatest desire will be achieved when I’m at my weakest moment. I will either make a huge mistake or come to a place of knowing I’m where God wants me. The desires of our heart are what lead us to the relief, either good or bad, and patience is the key. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him” Psalm 37:7a.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4. When I wait on the Lord to deliver me I don’t have to provide my heart’s desire, God will give it to me.
So, when circumstances become more than you can handle and you don’t see yourself taking your own advice, Take mine, “Work Backwards”.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 56-61| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here
Daily Quote: “God desires to show His power through your storm, but is your lack of faith keeping Him from doing so? God brings storms into your life to show His strength and to gain glory from His providence.” – Paul Chappell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves. Proverbs 28:12