Last week I talked about how we can discover the passions we slowly develop, sometimes we don’t even know they’ve appeared. I truly believe that God puts those passions into our hearts for a purpose. Check here for Passions DISCOVERED!
That is backed up by scripture. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
This simple scripture is so often terribly misconstrued. I’m not privy to the current Health & Wealth Faith Movement, but I daresay it gets its ideas from verses like this one.
In truth, this verse has little to do with health and wealth and everything to do with last week’s topic of passions. “What?” you say. “How could that scripture possibly connect to such idiocies as sports and silly crafting hobbies?”
(Good question, by the way! 🙂
The way this verse is often misinterpreted is to mean that the Lord will grant you everything you wish for. Making our GREAT GOD into a blue genie. Ridiculous. Unfortunately, thousands of people believe the picture and find nothing but disillusionment when reality bites. Assuming that they are less than worthy, they try harder to deserve the blessings they seek, embracing works-based “faith.”
I find it sad, almost criminal. I’ve met folks who have formerly embraced the philosophy, only to turn their backs on the God who, in their understanding, ignored them. They offered their faith in the only way they knew, and are unwilling to trust again.
Such a tragedy is one of the reasons those who speak or teach, or even someone like me who just posts a blog, should do it with care to maintain God as He is. Not to make a point and adjust scriptures to support that point. Rather they should open their minds to the Holy Spirit’s leading as they incorporate individual passages into the bigger picture that they’ve already learned about God from His word and those who preach Him.
So back to the question: When a person finds delight in the Lord, following His leading and maintaining a relationship with Him, He layers that person’s heart with passions. Desires.
I see this in my precious redhead. My home is always filled with worship music and engaging analysis over the latest Bible study topic. So when a job offer plopped (literally out of the blue) into her lap, we all got excited. At least I did for a little while. Until I learned that it included cleaning camp cabins. Blah.
“Are you sure you’re interested in this? It’s far away. You won’t be able to play at all this summer. And you’ll be working your tail end off.”
“I’m positive. It sounds like just the type of thing I love to do.”
???? (I didn’t have a response for this since cleaning has to be one of my most hated things to do!)
Then she reminded me. “You love writing, crafting the story and putting together the pieces of the virtual puzzle. You love computers and meeting people online. God gave you those loves because He’s using you in that place. He gave me different loves. I love to clean and serve others and play with kids. And I know He’s gonna use those loves where I’m going.”
Zoink! How quickly my little girl has grown, and how ashamed I am to have tried to lead her away from the path God is guiding her toward. Check back here for the following post on Passions WAITING!
Your Turn: So all of those passions you thought of last week, how can God use them to His glory. Maybe He already is! Share!