via Daily Prompt: Desire
“… for some steak and taters! What did you think I was gonna say? Get your mind out of the gutter boy, your crowdin’ me.” Or so my uncle Wylie used to say. I saw a couple of good quotes today regarding: desire.
“My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.” ~ James Dean
“Hankering after material happiness is called lust & such activities are sure to meet with frustration in the long run.” ~ author unknown
“For years, I’ve had a hankering for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Franklin is credited with so many inventions: the postal system, lightening rods, the constitution. He was a rock star before there was such a thing.” ~ Jon Bon Jovi
Everyone has strong desires. Strong desires make us feel alive. Granted, some people are so driven by their desires that the lusting, craving, longing, aching, passionate search for fulfilling these desires leads to destructive behavior and meaningless or broken relationships. Such is the nature of desire gone amuck.
It seems some easily justify this powerful hankerin’, as they quote the Bible out of context, simply to bring affirmation to their licentious lifestyle. Imagine God’s anger when folks twist and pervert David’s words from Psalm 37, to fit their own agenda.
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
The masquerading hypocrite who uses God’s word to authenticate a “worldly” lifestyle knows nothing of God’s will or ways. They only see the second part of this verse while ignoring the meaning of “delight yourself in the LORD.” If we delight in God’s will, His Holy Spirit transforms our human “hankerings” to align with His purposes. Only when this transformation has taken place can a person “in God’s will” ask, and the desire will be met. Only because, it was God’s delight first, and these “desires” brings Him glory.
If you need some help with what mis-aligned desires look like, turn to John’s first letter for the details. God’s Word is pretty specific here:
1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
Lust of the flesh = material wealth or goods
Lust of the eyes = human sensuality (all five senses)
Pride of Life = achievement, power, fame
When these hankerings get the best of us, we are definitely not delighting in God, but in ourselves. We are completely out of balance with what God intended our lives to be. The pull and power of these three areas (flesh, eyes, pride) is completely destructive.
Now for the positive side of hankerin’.
Don’t miss the more exciting truth of Psalm 37:4… “He will give you the desires of your heart, (when you) delight yourself in the LORD.” A person of faith knows that God wants only what’s best for them. This knowledge gives foundation for leaping joyfully, and shouting mightily, telling of the great things God is at work doing in their life. The person of faith is busy every day discovering and experiencing God’s grace. This daily experience brings confident living, which shines like a beacon to those walking in darkness.
I have a powerful hankerin’ to be this kind of light … in a very dark world.
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.