Handling Unmet Desires

ben-and-jerry-s-ice-cream-33721845-1280-1596One of our biggest problems in life is our desire for pleasure (James 4.1).  These desires wage warfare within us.  Not all these desires are sinful.  What do you do when a powerful longing or desire remains unfilled in your life?  Do you bury deep down inside?  You’ll never stop desire by trying to shut it down.  I stood for five minutes in front of the ice cream options at Lucky’s yesterday.  Desire was present.  I assure you!  I didn’t buy any ice cream, but my desire for it didn’t go away.

God uses our desires to draw us close.  “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear” (Psalm 10.17).  Jesus expressed His mourning for an unmet desire when He looked at Jerusalem and longed to gather the people inside the city to Himself (Luke 13.34).  He wept over Lazarus in John 11.  He wept even though He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead.  You can mourn over a loss and still be faithful to God.  Simply realize the loss tests your resolve to go to Christ.

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