We all have dreams. We all have a desire to be a part of something big; to do something we love, while making a difference. We all desire to strive for something, to press on toward the goal, and to not stop until we have experienced the joy of accomplishment.
No one really wants to simply exist and pass through the mundane motions of another seemingly endless day.
We were created to accomplish… made to create… and we all feel, deep within our being, the call to action. Woven into our very essence, is a longing to take part in something bigger than ourselves. The problem is when we think that it is “our” dream which matters.
There is a verse in the Bible which is often thrown around without really being understood. Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says:
[box_light]Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. [/box_light]
It is a verse which is often used in an attempt to encourage, while actually spreading an idea which is misleading, and even harmful, to the one with which it is being shared. Psalm 37:4 is often used in connection with the idea that, if we are delighting in the Lord, the Lord will give us whatever our heart desires. It becomes a false understanding that the Lord will give us what we want.
Something I enjoy doing, is to find out what the original word in a verse was, and what it meant. I believe that we naturally lose a bit of the deeper themes of a verse, when all we go by is the English translation. A single word in the original language can be packed with powerful ideas, and when the verse is translated, the translator can only pick one word to use.
In Psalm 37:4, the original word for “give” was “nathan” (nä-than’). Nathan can be defined as the following:
- to give, to entrust
- to put, to put upon
- to make, constitute (constitute meaning, to be a part of a whole, or combine to a whole)
[Definitions found at BlueLetterBible.org]
So, what is the verse really saying? Is it, in fact, suggesting that the Lord will give me the things I want, if I delight in Him and His plan? The answer is yes… and no.
There is a much deeper, and more beautiful, understanding of this far from simple verse. Psalm 37:4 is not saying that the Lord will give us what we want, but that, if we trust and delight in Him, He will place the very desires into our heart. He won’t just give us what our heart desires, but He will give our hearts desire. He will “put” desires into our heart… “put upon” our heart the kind of desires He longs for us to share in… He will “entrust” us with His desires, and invite us to take part in what He is accomplishing… He will “make” the very desires of our heart, so as to bring us closer to Him; making us a “part of the whole” of His will… He will allow us to “combine to the whole” of what He is doing.
If we delight in the Lord, He WILL give us what we want, but He will first mold the very desires of our hearts into what He wants for us.
We serve an awesome God, who frees us from the fear of failure and into the peace of His will. We don’t have to worry about whether or not the things we strive for succeed, because He controls the outcome. Sometimes, our greatest failures turn into the most powerful examples of His success.
When we trust God, He will align the desires of our heart with His, and there is NOTHING that can keep us from accomplishing what He wants us to do.
Keep dreaming, but don’t hold tight to what YOUR dream is. Trust God, and allow Him to give you a dream which is eternal in mindset and impact. Allow Him to show you what He is already accomplishing, and find the joy in taking part in His dream for you.