Proverbs 11:23 “The desire of the righteous ends only in good.”
I recently had someone tell me, “I trust God, but I have a hard time trusting myself.” She is in a season where whenever she is obedient to what God says things go well, but when she doesn’t hear Him speaking she feels as if she will do something wrong if she thinks for herself. The truth is we are all in need of Jesus to help us live righteous lives, because without Him we live according to our sinful nature. However, once we receive the Holy Spirit and begin to live according to the nature of Christ He forms within us, we can begin to trust our thoughts and the desires of our hearts.
The verse does not say, “The desires of all people end only in good.” It specifies that the righteous, those who are living as Jesus lived, can trust the desires they have because she result of pursuing those things will be good. Allowing the Holy Spirit to change us into the image of Christ gives us freedom to live because our thoughts and desires become like His. This doesn’t mean we will never make a mistake, but it does mean that there is freedom to pursue what we want if those things are in line with the nature God is giving us through our new identity.
God is always trustworthy and the things He says are good. As we become like Him the same will be true for us as well. He wants us all to do things that change the world. If that is going to happen we will need to have big dreams that we pursue with passion, dedication and confidence. Some of those dreams God will speak clearly, but others may come from Him as a simple desire in our hearts that He is trusting us to follow. To do this we must learn to trust ourselves as God makes us a new creation.