Such powerful words, wouldn't you agree?
In the Christian community we throw these words around in situations when we are seeking the Lord on something. But it goes like this~
Me~"I'm praying for the Lord to do xyz.."
Friend~ "oh yes but remember, His plans are higher than your plans, His thoughts are greater than your thoughts".
Me, a bit annoyed and deflated~ "yes I know, but if I have a dream in my heart doesn't the scripture also say 'He will give you the desires of your heart'?"
Friend~ "yes but He often changes your desires to match His own."
So what friends are telling each other is, that no matter what the desire, we should always be prepared to be perfectly content if and, more likely when, the Lord changes up our desires and dreams.
What if we were to write that verse down on a piece of paper, and look at it objectively. You know, lay it on the kitchen table and stand back and give it a good think.
Imagine that, won't you?
Study the scripture in light of who God says He is and what He says He will do in our lives.
First up, Jesus said, "My sheep know Me and hear my voice."
Soooo... if I know Jesus, does that mean I... can hear... Him...?
Second, that verse we so often quote one another is taken way out of context. The prophet is speaking to a disobedient nation. A verse before this He says "let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;"
Turns out, because of the blood of Jesus, I'm not wicked. Oh if we would study that beautiful passage in light of a God who loves His people and is crazy passionate about them.
Third and lastly, why do we assume that each of us has a desire that is not in line with what the heart of our God has for us? Why do we assume that He will not answer with a yes, and change our hearts?
My friends, if no one has ever told you, please let me be the first- Our God is for us, not against us. He longs to bless us. There are thousands of scriptures that speak to His blessings on us, in us and through us.
When we say the Lord is sovereign, wouldn't it be incredible if we said it in a way that was expectant, believing fully for a miracle in our situation?
When my son was diagnosed with cancer 9 years ago, I was longing to hear from God. I wanted to hear Him say, "you're son will live and everything will be fine." No person in their right mind would tell me that, of course, so one night I went out to the couch and played bible roulette. You know the game, you randomly open your bible looking for a nugget that will speak to your soul.
I stumbled on a verse I had never seen~ "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:8
I knew in my heart, way deep down it was Him, but I didn't dare share it for fear people would criticize me and say I heard wrong, that this verse didn't mean that.
With every doctor appointment, I treasured that scripture deep in my heart. Wishfully and secretly hoping it was for us. Because, what if I was wrong? What if I was a fool and that wasn't the case? What if healing didn't come quickly, if at all?
Come it did, and quickly. Within 6 months I knew he was finished with the cancer nonsense. Because of the unbelief of doctors and the fear I would wrestle with for years to come, we were scheduled for more biopsies through the next 2 years. But nothing ever came back, just like He told me.
What if it didn't turn out that way? So what? Wouldn't I have had more moments of peace and joy, believing fully in the sovereignty and providence of God for Zion's healing?
Looking back on all the times I had a clear word that made other's so uncomfortable, I wish I would have never doubted because you know what, He WAS faithful. He did what He said He would.
What if we as a church culture, cheered each other's dreams and hopes on rather than chastise one another for "wishful" or "silly" thinking?
What if we said to each other, "I will believe and hope right alongside you, my sister!"
What if we stopped being afraid that Jesus won't show up in their situation and then, gasp, make Himself look bad...
Isn't that what we're afraid of anyway? Or of people teaching false doctrine, a healing Jesus. Except, when we read the scriptures and see where Jesus encounters people, or rather, where they encounter Him, their lives are radically changed, for the good.
So why are we not believing for this in our day? Could it be that we are using Providence and Sovereign incorrectly?
In terms of healings, better health in all areas, physical, financial and emotional, the pages of history are riddled with people who encountered our Jesus and came out on the other side, better.
Yes, He is all of it. Let Him do the thing in your life or your friend's without worrying whether He will show up.