“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
“The stuff that dreams are made of” was a line spoken by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 movie, The Maltese Falcon, and were words written and sung by Carly Simon in 1987. Her song lyrics suggest that the ”stuff” she sings about is the desire of our hearts and souls. She encourages us to look around with fresh eyes and professes we’ll find it in our own backyards. Sounds a bit like the red shoes’ rule, doesn’t it?
What is your heart and soul’s desire? You may think you know, but ”the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Outside of God’s leading the “follow your heart” philosophy is shabby and dangerous advice. No one or nothing will lie to us more than our own hearts. Like Dorothy, we’ll find them to be fickle unsafe harbors fueling emotions that ebb and flow, rise and fall with what’s happening around us at the moment.
So what’s a soul to do?
I beg to differ with a culture which suggests that hearing the voice of God is a mental illness. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. He has better plans and will reveal them to us by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).
Scripture is the primary way God speaks. ”Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” (Psalm 37:4). As we seek God in his Word, our hearts will come into alignment with his, and his desires will not only be made known to us but in his perfect timing, they will be ours.
The stuff that dreams are made of resides in the heart of God. Follow his heart and you’ll find your dreams.
Now it’s your turn. Thoughts?
I always welcome your comments.