What are you willing to risk in order to have the desires of your heart?

The story of the woman with the issue of blood is one that has been used over the years to show how powerful one’s faith can be. We know from our reading of the accounts in Luke 8:40-47, Matthew 9:20-22 and Mark 5:25-34 that this woman had been bleeding for 12 long years. We know that she had spent all her money trying to find a cure for her illness but instead of getting better, things were getting worse.

She was desperate. She was sick. She was at the end of her rope. She was at the point where she knew there was only one place to find hope: Jesus. She was willing to risk what little she had left, even if it meant crawling on her belly in the dirt trying to grab hold of a handful of his garment. She knew if she could just touch his robe – she would be healed. She desired healing and she was willing to go out and claim it.

“Commit your way to the Lord” declares the psalmist “and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4).

But what does it mean to commit? It means that you are deeply interested in pursuing something to its fulfillment. Is your desire to lose weight? Then it means striving to eat less, exercise more. It means a conscious decision to choose a healthier option, not just one time out of ten, but maybe nine times out of ten. Is it your desire to have a deeper relationship with God? Then it means setting the alarm for an earlier time and getting up when it goes off.

Commitment is a decision to follow through – to do what needs to be done in spite of how you may be feeling. Do you think the woman with the issue of blood wanted to slither on the ground? No. but she knew – knew – that doing so would get her in contact with the one Person she needed more than anything in the world.

Commitment is wanting one thing above everything else. When we commit ourselves to the Lord, it should be out a deep-seated desire to serve him. It means that we are faithful to him. Not because we think he’s Santa Claus and can get us what we want, but because we love him.

As we pledge ourselves to God we will notice something interesting – the desires that we have for things that are not aligned with his will for us,  slowly begin to melt away. We will find that we start to long for – crave, even – the things that he wants us to have.

It starts with belief. “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.” Isaiah 7:9

When we believe that God is and that nothing is impossible for him: we pursue him. We pledge ourselves to him. Are you willing to risk everything for the chance to have the desires of your heart?