Desire

26 04 2013

Desire, it’s the stuff that turns dreams into reality. It’s what motivates us (whether for good or bad). It’s what determines our priorities. Proverbs 8:11 states that of all the things you can desire, wisdom is without rival. Proverbs 18:1 tells us that wisdom is acquired through the fuel of desire. Our trouble is that other desires compete with the desire we should have for wisdom, and usually ends up winning. In his younger years as king, Solomon was blessed because he desired wisdom. In his latter years, his life was ruined because he desired women (to the tune of 1,000 of them!). So desire in itself is not necessarily bad, but it can be misdirected.

Remarks About Desire

1. What you desire will be what consumes you. It consumes your time, your interest, even your money. The desire for wisdom causes us to separate ourselves from that which hinders its acquisition (Proverbs 18:1) On the other hand, Proverbs 21:10 warns us that, “The soul of the wicked desireth evil.” In other words, they are consumed with doing evil and they allow nothing to interfere with it. What we desire will be out passion and purpose for living.

2. What you desire will be what you pursue. Desire keeps you going, in spite of the obstacles. Someone said, “It isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that determines which one wins.” Desire is the, “this one thing I do” of Paul in Philippians 3:13. Desire motivates action. A desire for wisdom involves action and not just dreaming.

3. What you desire may or may not happen. Desire has no guarantee for success, but success is never achieved without desire. “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul” (Proverbs 13:19, but the desire that can not be achieved does not make one a “loser.” Sometimes the “desire accomplished” takes longer than anticipated. Sometimes God’s grace will give you strength or change your direction (I Corinthians 12:9-10). Only a bad attitude will make you a “loser.”

4. What you desire spiritually will never disappoint you. You may desire athletic ability and it never comes. You may desire to be a millionaire but Regis never call you. You may desire your spouse to come clean of adultery but you end up divorcing. Praise the Lord, if you desire something spiritually, you will never be disappointed. You desire salvation? It’s there. Forgiveness? No problem. Strength? You have come to the right place. Peace and security? He’s the Author! Wisdom? It’s available.

Out of the many things you may desire in life, desire wisdom. Seek it while you are young (Proverbs 8:17). Seek it daily (Proverbs 8:34). Seek it like it is a hidden treasure (Proverbs 2:3-6). Seek wisdom, even if it does not come as quickly as you would anticipate. Let desire set your priorities and give you purpose as you pursue it.

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