And the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 37: 4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.“
This really makes sense to me: because the same is true with a good husband and wife relationship. After living with my husband many years, I was aware of his likes and dislikes. I knew that he liked most sports and loved his church and family, but some foods he did not like were jello, bananas, and turnip greens. In fact, he was more of a meat and potatoes guy!
Therefore, for his birthday dinner I would not prepare turnip greens as one of the vegetables, jello salad, and banana cake for dessert, but would likely prepare chicken fried steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, hot rolls, and for dessert coconut cake and vanilla ice cream.
God’s children become closer to Him by daily reading and studying His word and conversing with Him. And the closer our relationship, the better we will know what pleases Him and we will have a desire to please Him: because we want to please those we love.
So I might begin each day by telling my heavenly Father that I love Him and ask Him how I can demonstrate my love and devotion to Him. He is aware I haven’t matured in my spiritual life sufficiently to welcome difficulties of life. Though I realize He can use these for my spiritual maturity, I do not invite them. I might use the following as an example: I am scheduled to have a squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer removed from the top of my left hand. I know its removal is necessary, but that does not mean I am looking forward to having the procedure and living with a sore hand for several weeks. And some of you know that recently I was hospitalized for viral pneumonia. Thanks for your prayers, and I praise God for His loving presence. Though not well, I am regaining some strength and trust in some way God will be honored through my illness: for after darkness comes dawn; after a cloudy dreary day comes sunshine; after a drought comes refreshing rain, after taking distasteful medicine, hopeful better health will be enjoyed, and for the child of God, after much sorrow and suffering a home in heaven with our heavenly Father is ours.
Father, though I do not enjoy hardships and illness, thank You for considering me worth of any sacrifice you allow to touch my life in order to refine and mold me into the likeness of Jesus. I thank You in His Name. Amen.