Desires – Sunday Devotional
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb . . . Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalms 37:1-2, 4-5
The news each day is full of so much violence. Whether you are a Christian or not, there is no doubt that there is evil in the world.
It is hard to sit back and watch what goes on around us, and sometimes it is easy to be envious of those who have more than we could ever hope for, and we know that it was gained through things that we wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Prostitution, slavery, and extortion being just a few of those things that are still prevalent in the world today.
The Christian walk is not easy. Even some people that I consider friends still try and convince me that my faith is futile, or misplaced. It doesn’t happen often anymore, and I have drifted away from friends like that, but it still happens. Even within the Christian community, I am sometimes ridiculed because I am a woman minister, or because I write, or because I believe in a literal 7-day creation, and that God still heals today (because I would be dead if it wasn’t so).
I don’t write Christian fiction often, for some of these reasons, but not all. The main reason I don’t is because someone who isn’t a Christian is more likely to pick up a mainstream book than a Christian fiction book, especially since they’re not even on the same shelf at the store!
So how do you delight yourself in the Lord when you can’t openly say it?
You do this by living with His standards and values. Living isn’t just implementing it in a part of your day-to-day activities, but by using it in each part of your life.
. . . The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
If this is evident in your writing, then it is because it has become a part of who you are.
If your delight is in the Lord, then the desire of your heart will be for Him, and you will never be disappointed!