Holding His End Up


Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Okay. I’ve been doing my part. I think it’s high time God did his. I mean, how much clearer can this thing be? It says right there, printed in real letters on the page of my Bible, that if I delight in the Lord, he’s going to give me the desires of my heart. So what’s with the hold up?

Look. I entered this whole thing in good faith. I did the sinner’s prayer even though I probably didn’t need to. I bought a Bible and actually read it a few times. I stopped by church to sing at God and listen to some guy babble on about—well, I don’t really know what these guys are talking about most of the time. Anyway, I have avoided most of the deadly sins, and the ones I haven’t exactly avoided I toned down a bit so as not to make a scene of it. What I’m saying is that, overall, I think I’ve covered the delight in the Lord part as much as anybody can be expected to. In fact, in my opinion, I’m probably better at it than most other people, and especially the die-hard pagans who seem, by the way, to get more cool stuff than I do. I don’t know what more Mr. Supreme Being wants from me. He’s already got more than I would have offered up had it not been for the “give you the desires of your heart” deal.

I’m not saying that God should unload the whole kit and kaboodle on me, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask of him to at least start making some payments down here. Unlike some people I know, I have simple desires that wouldn’t be that big of a deal for God to give me. I’m not asking to be the richest guy on the planet or to be some good-looking movie star. I don’t want to be ruler of the world or somebody everybody adores. All I want is some satisfaction. And I don’t mind reminding God that I would most likely have already gotten it for myself if I hadn’t been spending valuable time delighting in him as per contract. To my dismay, many of the people who have obviously opted out of delighting in the Lord have gotten the desires which should have come to me.

I’ve been trying to give God the benefit of the doubt for a long time. Even though he hasn’t come through for me on this deal, I’ve been patient. I’ve made allowances for him to take care of other business since he’s in charge of a lot. I didn’t complain when he got busy with tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, and other demanding activities. I haven’t pressed the issue when his attention has been diverted toward marginal issues like justice or blasphemy. It’s not like I’ve been harping at him at all.

But now, in between natural disasters and spasms of moral collapse, when most religious people are preoccupied with their own lives and the prayer lines are relatively quiet, now seems a good time to bring it up. I’ve been more than reasonable about all this. It’s just plain time that God steps up to the plate and starts delivering the goods to me. The way I see it, God’s bordering on breach of contract here. I’m not asking for the world, only what’s coming to me. Even a small token of his intent would be welcome. I haven’t got forever.

I don’t know if I’d call this a last chance offer, but if God wants my uninterrupted delight, he’d better act soon. I’ve put my butt on the line here. All I’m asking is that he hold his end up.


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