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Not Conforming, Being Transformed
Psalm 37:4 is a very interesting verse. In one way, you could look at this verse and say that it is promising wealth, talent and worldly success provided that we follow God. On the surface, this looks really good. Who would not want to believe that God will give us a new car and a house in the hills, make our singing voice like Adele’s or our jump shot like Steph’s - just for following Him? The problem with this line of thinking is that it is not entirely accurate. God does not simply reward us with monetary gain and worldly success in return for serving Him (though He could). But that is not even the issue here. No, this verse points to something else – something much deeper and more important.
Consider this: the passage says that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, then He will give us the desires of our heart. The connection here then is if we are pleased with the things of God, then we will want His desires to be first. We will want to serve Him in all that we do. We will want Him to be placed above all other things. In this case, the material things of the world will not mean as much to us as the furtherance of His Gospel. So, the desires of our heart then are to delight in the Lord. The desire of our heart at that point will not be material wealth, good grades or even some kind of self-satisfaction, but spiritual growth. As a result, when we serve God, we will grow closer to Him. Thus, our desires are fulfilled.
Don’t take this to mean that you cannot gain worldly success. This is entirely possible. However, don’t buy into the lie that says if you are not wealthy and prosperous, then there is something wrong with your spiritual walk. Lack of worldly success does not constitute a failed relationship with Christ. You may have a very strong and mature spiritual walk, but yet not be on the top of the academic or sports world or making millions of dollars. And this is okay, because the desires of your heart should be to love the Lord and serve Him in all you do. That is spiritual success, and is much, much more important than anything this world has to offer.