Has He [God] said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
As 2014 is still fresh, please let me ask, “What are your desires? What are your goals for 2014? What is it that you want from God?” I know what prosperity followers will want from God and it certainly never really is about seeing God’s face; it is always about seeking His hand. But know what? For us Christians, one key to successful living is learning to distinguish a godly goal from a godly desire.
What is a goal? From a biblical perspective, a goal is something that nobody can obstruct as it is a target that you have set and which is between you and God. By contrast, a desire is something that can be hindered or blocked as it is usually between you, God, people, situations or circumstances.
For an illustration, let us look at marriage. A Godly desire may be to be married. However, that desire can’t be the goal, as people, situations or circumstances can easily deter it. For instance, there is a prerequisite that one has to have in their life, which is having a member of the opposite (as in girl-friend/fiancée). In the case of a male he needs to have a female, and vice versa. Albeit, a Godly goal could be to become the person God wants you to be while you wait for your spouse. In the process of waiting, you could have the desire to get married. But marriage can never become your goal; being what God wants you to be is the goal with getting married being the desire.
So in a gist, a godly goal is anything that reflects God’s will for your life and which is not dependent on other people, situation, or circumstances, whereas a godly desire, while potentially good and God-honouring involves a number of factors outside your control, but which all come together for it to be achieved; it is therefore dependent on other situations or circumstances. To use myself as an illustration, as God’s servant, a godly desire of mine could be: “I desire for my church to grow by an additional 50 people in the next 2 years.” That is a desire.
As children of God, we need to set godly goals, which reflects God’s will, are achievable, and which are not dependent on external forces. This is because of at least these three things:
- Blocked goals result in annoyance and anger.
- Impossible goals result in disappointment and depression.
- Uncertain goals result in apprehensiveness and anxiety.
Proposed Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your purposes for my life was planned way before I was born. Please, show me those purposes that you have ordained for me and help me faithfully make them my goals, to Your glory I pray. Amen!