Desires of the human heart have always been a favorite subject of classic stories, movies, plays, poems, myths and fables. We all intuitively know the power of desire from the time we are born into this world. We also know how our desires can get us into trouble in life. Because of this, in Buddhism, desire is often portrayed as the great root evil in the world and therefore, the height of such a spirituality is to rid oneself of desire altogether. The Bible also warns us in many places of the problems caused in the world by our human desires running amok and independently from God's influence. Yet still, in biblical spirituality, God is seen to be full of desire Himself and we are made in His image. Therefore, we are beings of desire through the wonder of being His creation and desire is not something to be rid of. Rather, it is something that God ultimately intends to abundantly satisfy as the four passages below confirm:
You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
Indeed, God is "the God of our heart's desires". The implication of this simple thought is that we obviously are often confused and conflicted about what we really need and want and we therefore adopt inferior desires that compete with deeper and more noble ones. We actually need our Heavenly Father to reveal to us what we really need and want. And as those desires rise up to have dominion in our lives, it is those desires that He promises to fulfill. Going through this sorting out process is the essence of what it means to grow in Christ and live in the Holy Spirit.
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