Managing My Desires

“Now that certainly does indeed look good enough to eat,” said the woman observing the fruit sprouted by that tree in the Garden. Being so pleasing to her eyes, and desirable to make her wise she plucked one such fruit from that tree and bit into it. “Umm, it is good at that, and juicy,” she beamed. She than gave it to her husband who was with her, he ate it too.

Where once there was no shame, now they were both very ashamed. Where once their design was a beautiful thing, as their Maker had remarked upon finishing His masterpiece, “Behold, it is all very good,” now it had become a thing of ugliness.

All creation had come to ruin, all because of the two in the Garden. Together they partook of their desires, despite their Maker’s warning that they should not do so. They disobeyed their Maker, who had marvelous plans for them They desired to have something they were told it was wrong for them to have—they took it anyway.

Just as a child hides from his/her parents when s/he is bad, so that man and woman in the Garden had hidden from their Maker because of their shame. They yielded to their desires being so deceived by the snares of the evil one who was there also in the Garden.

Their Maker found them out anyway; nothing can be hidden from Him. He knew when they did wrong, and it grieved Him so. And yet He had to punish them. As parents may take from their child in punishment a favorite toy, so God took away that which He gave that couple in the Garden to enjoy. Just as a parent disciplines his/her child; however, so God’s discipline, too, comes not out of hate, but in love,

God so demonstrated His love for that first couple way back then, so long, long ago by providing a covering for their nakedness—so much better than what they could ever provide for themselves (see Genesis 3:7, 21). How great is His love—so amazing! Yet, since then, we today now know of good and evil. The whole world now suffers for what they had done then in yielding to their desires.

Should I desire for anything less than God’s love, His care for me? He is eternal; He promises to supply all my needs, much more better than what I can do for myself. Why then should I desire the things of this world—the merely temporal? Why then should I desire to “have it my way” rather than God’s?

“Do not love this world,” God says, or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, [God’s] love is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and his pride in possessions—comes not from [God] but from the world” (see 1 John 2:15-17.)

And so, as the psalmist has written, “As I delight myself in You LORD, You will give me the desires of my heart” (Psalm 37:4). Hence, may my delight be first in the LORD, that all my desires may be held captive to His will.

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