A young man, aspiring to become a great philosopher, went to Socrates and said, “I want knowledge. What must I do to get it?”
Socrates asked the young man to accompany him to a beach. After staring at the water for a few moments he asked the young man to join him and walk with him into the water. They waded slowly into the water until they were neck deep. After pausing for a moment he pushed him under the water and held him there. The young man struggled and finally, after becoming exhausted, Socrates allowed him to surface and take some deep breaths.
After releasing him, Socrates asked, “While you were struggling underneath the water, what did you want more than anything in the world?”
“Air,” came the quick reply.
“When you want knowledge as much as you wanted air,” said the philosopher, “then you will get it.”
Whatever our hearts truly desire is what motivates us. And what motivates us is what we “get.” Throughout the Bible we are reminded constantly of this irony. If we focus our attention on the things of this world, we will no doubt acquire many “things.” If, on the other hand we “Delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts” and good things will come to us as by-products of His grace and goodness. We have His promise and that’s all we need!
Prayer: Lord, we ask for Your Spirit to move in our hearts and create a deep desire within us that will encourage us to take delight in honoring You always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.