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Living With Desperate Desires

By admin On February 19, 2011 Under Spiritual

Desperate DesiresHounded By Desperate Desires

We are hounded by renegade desire.  It’s not that desire is bad.  In Ecclesiastes 3:11, God says He has set eternity in our hearts—where our desires are.  We desire Paradise and perfect relationships that we can’t find in this world.  We long for that life of our dreams but, no matter how successful we are, that life eludes us.

A Golden Voice

Our problem is simple.  We can’t bear our desperate desires.   And into that desperation comes a golden voice, promising to give us all we want right now; to make everyone and everything our slaves so that we can fulfill our desire.  It presents us with a thousand shining ways to live the dream now.  We can’t seem to ditch this voice that promises us everything and gives us nothing; that tempts us with kingship but instead makes us slaves.

Driving Us Mad

And thus evil gives us nothing in the end.  We are left numb with addictions that reduce us to the shell of ourselves and unruly, desperate desires that only lead us deeper into addiction.  We can’t shake ourselves free from these voices, these passions.  We have a love/hate relationship with them.  We love them because of the fleeting fix they give us and hate them because they continue to lie and destroy our health and our lives.  They are driving us mad.

A Solution In Another Voice

“Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.”  John 4:13-14  With all the other voices, we often don’t realized that our greatest desire is for God.  We are trying to quench our thirst where there is no water.  We listen to the wrong voice and we find ourselves dying of thirst.  We are made for water and no other drink will sate our souls.

What About That Life of Our Dreams, That Paradise We Desire?

From our place in this world, it seems far away.  But when we set our desire on God instead of things that don’t satisfy, we find contentment.

Like A Child

Growing children are a good example.  Children hope for the future but that doesn’t ruin the enjoyment of playing in the present.  Children are content with Tonkas and dolls even though they dream Mustangs and babies.  It’s like their contentment is in their dreaming.  Are we any different?  We are all just children, growing up.

Freedom to Enjoy Them

There is no need to rush the process for we trust that God is the one who has set things to be.  Contentment isn’t an escape from our desperate desires but a freedom to enjoy them.  We thrill both in the longing and in the living.  Being content doesn’t mean we don’t wish, or desire to grow up—for things to be different.   It is just not being a slave to those wishes.

Desperate DesiresWe Are All Pregnant!

Waiting is how we grow and become what we will be.  Romans 8:24-25 (The Message) says:

“All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”

Who Will We Trust With Our Desperate Desires?

Who will we believe—the voice of God or the silvery tongued golden one?  That magical voice will only enslave us until our life dwindles away and our years and substance are utterly spent.  But the voice of God will enlarge our desire and contentment and joy until we give birth and realize the life of our dreams.

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