Be Careful What You Wish For
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
A recent discussion centered around a girl we all once knew and who we all generally liked, being cheerful though headstrong and rebellious.
She had recently gotten married.
For the third time.
The first reaction was “Oh, poor girl.”
The second, while true, sounds less charitable: “Wonder what he has that she wants?”
While the second reaction provoked several chuckles, the discussion focused on the first. It was decided that God, just as Psalm 37 declares, really does give people the desires of their heart.
However, to those who delight in the LORD, He gives one set of blessings according to their right motives. To those who despise and shun the LORD, He gives quite another set of gifts.
“God is not a man, that he should lie”
And God does not lie: the desires He gives to those who do not know Him are almost always EXACTLY what they wish for.
Because the wicked mostly desire earthly, carnal things.
“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”
God, and later Jesus Christ, continually cautions believers to ask for good things. Sometimes, God also gives believers what they think they want as a method chastisement: to teach a lesson.
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.”
Because they have placed their faith in the desires and rewards of this evil, fallen world, the wicked ask for the things of this world.
And the things of this world are bound to disappoint.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
—1 John 2:15
The wicked are deceived: they often believe that because they have achieved wealth, or power or knowledge while shaking their fist at God, this is proof that God does not exist. Or that He is powerless.
Quite to the contrary.
It’s surprising how often the wicked get the desires of their hearts and then commit suicide because of it.
- How often do people engage in apparently self-destructive behaviors after getting what they say they want?
- How many of the rich and celebrated try to drink and medicate their troubles away (when, to the outside, casual observer, they have no troubles)?
- How many times has the reader known someone who schemed, planned and labored long and hard for what he thought he wanted, only to complain bitterly later because he got what he thought he wanted?
One of God’s judgments is to give men what they desire–even when those desires run counter to God’s Word. Even if those desires are achieved through illegitimate supernatural power.
This is a form of judgment–though the wicked HATE the idea of being judged by God.
As far as the discussion of the girl we all once knew, it was decided to pray for her salvation.
Otherwise, three marriages will likely just be a beginning of her troubles.
“He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
It’s not too late to wish for the good things.
It’s not too late to wish for the things which are not of this world.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
- GOD’S END TIMES JUDGMENT: Giving the Wicked What They Want
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- END TIMES JUDGMENTS: Hardening of the Heart
- END TIMES JUDGMENTS: What are the Judgments of God?
- Peace: Find the Peace that Passeth all Understanding
- Fear: What does the Bible Say about Conquering Fear?
- End Times Encouragement and Comfort: John 16:33
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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