by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light…” (Psalm 37:4-6)
We are making our way through our series this week in goal setting. So far we have explored concentrating our effort to God and seeing how He blesses our plans, as well as assessing where we are in light of where we want to be. As we take this a step further to make sure 2018 is a year like no other, we also need to set measurable goals.
If you are not setting measurable goals, how will you know your progress? An attainable goal is definitely a measurable goal, but there is something else I want you to take into account since we are seeking ways to grow closer to God and each other. I want you to set measurable goals that improve your relationships with God and His people.
Today’s Bible lesson causes us to think about the sincerity of our goals. If we delight in God, that changes our hearts, which will inevitably change our desires. Sure you can measure you goals for something like church participation and giving based on a plan, but what about the condition of your heart? Are you trusting more? Are you living with deeper faith? Are you speaking more positively about God and the work He is doing in your life? These elements of transformation are measurable, and can help you see if you have indeed concentrated your effort to God and counted the cost of what it will take to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
My prayer is you want to be closer to God this year and forever. Delight in God, and He will transform the desires of your heart. Your effort for Him and others will be transformed, too, and before you know it, you might just need to set some new goals!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want your desires to be my desires. I commit my ways to you, trusting in the transformation you want to bring to me. I praise you in Jesus’ name, Amen!