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July 24, 2013


How God grants the desires of our heart and make plans succeed

by Dave Malnes

The promises of God are not just meant to inspire and encourage, but to give reasons why we can take God at His Word. He can be trusted. He knows what is best for us. There is a plan associated with each soul that God has knitted together in every womb. Comfort, peace, and true joy is accompanied with each promise the boldly declares, “I love you. You are mine. I’ve got you in the palm of my hand.”

More importantly, God has our best interest at heart.

In the Psalms, we read a promise that resonates with those who are seeking God’s purpose and will for their lives.

“May [God] give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” (Psalm 20:4)

Sometimes I become so overwhelmed with thoughts, needs, and desires that I question whether or not I really know what I want.  Better health? Better relationships? Better job? The need to be appreciated? The world goes to great length to tell us what we ought to desire with a myriad of products and services at our disposal. Circumstances in life tend to dominate our thoughts. Our cares and concerns not only for ourselves, but also for family members, tend to dominate our prayer life.

But what are the desires of my heart? Are they selfish pursuits? If all of my desires are fulfilled would they truly bring me happiness, peace, and contentment?

When we reflect upon our lives and see the hand of God carefully crafting and directing us according to his purpose and will, we come upon a different story that reflects God’s mercy and grace. Despite ourselves, it’s amazing how God’s will has a way to overrule our heart’s desire. God’s plans circumvents our plans. Yet, in doing so, God’s mercy and grace proceeds to give us far more than our hearts could have ever imagined.

I remember my grandmother telling me that whenever she wanted new furniture in the house, she knew that the only way her desire was to be fulfilled is when her thought would become my grandfather’s idea. She lovingly and perhaps persistently planted the desire of her heart into her husband’s ears. Then, over time, my grandfather would finally say, “I think it’s time for a new sofa.” And just like that, my grandmother’s desire would be fulfilled.

Perhaps that’s how God works with us. God patiently and persistently leads us and guides so that His desire becomes our desire. When that happens, we are left with the stark impression that all of our plans have succeeded. And in truth, it was God’s desire and plan all along.

That’s the joy of resting in God’s promises. He always has our best interest at heart.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Norma
    Jul 24 2013

    Thanks, Dave. Your articles always give me a lot to think about. God bless your day.


    • Dave Malnes
      Jul 25 2013

      Thank you, Norma. Always appreciate your encouragement.


  2. Jul 24 2013

    This is so hard to believe at this point in my life. I have been begging God to tell me for over a year what He wants me to do with my life. I ache from waiting.


    • Dave Malnes
      Jul 25 2013

      It’s tough to see the destination in the midst of a swirling storm. Hang on. Sometimes God uses touch circumstances and heart-wrenching disappointment as a means to lead us according to his plan and purposes. We have to trust his timetable in letting us know.



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