“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37:4 NASB
The transformation of desire
I remember the desires of my heart when I was a child. There was always a toy I wanted, no, had to have. We were still in the early days of television and I remember seeing toy commercials that fed my desires and drove me to pester Mom and Dad. I especially liked the GI Joes. Not the little cheap ones, but the big ones that were a foot tall. I bought all the accessories like hats and uniforms and even vehicles.
My desires of the time were toward the material, things for my enjoyment, for my fun, things to distract me from the humdrum of day to day life. As I grew older, my desires were still oriented to making my life fun. Bicycles, model cars, music, gadgets all filled my wish list and took my time.
The sad thing about those desires, is that once they were satisfied, boredom ensued and I had to find something new. Life had become a reckless pursuit of pleasure. There was an insatiable need to have stuff, to have experiences, to fill the voids in my life. My life was empty. I was never satisfied.
Then Jesus came along.
As I grew in the faith I noticed that my “wanter” changed. Suddenly I only wanted the things of God. By my adult years I had amassed a lot of stuff. I had thousands of records, cassette and cds, a library full of books, and a loads of collectibles.
All of those things faded as I basked in the glory of Christ. My treasures became clutter as all my attention turned to seeking the knowledge of God. Everything collected dust as my desires shifted dramatically. Ironically I found myself literally throwing much it away. It all had lost its value and meaning in my life.
God had become the desire of my heart. I wanted to know Him, know His world, fellowship with His people and nothing else could compare. I had become the odd man, even amongst other believers. I was accused of being out of balance, so heavenly minded that I had no earthly good.
Still, I wanted more of Him and He delivered. It was like seeking a sip of water from a firehose. The supply was overwhelming! There was so much that my mind could not process it all. Over time I have lost contact with much of pop culture. I thought the Kardashians were some people group from Star Trek. I had no idea what was happening in the world.
I was truly out of balance, and loving it, leaning toward the treasures of the Most High God. I have found that as my desire for Him has increased He has given me more and more of Him. My mornings with the Lord are the most powerful moments of my life. Each morning I come to His throne and He breaks my heart anew. He has filled my alone time with His presence.
In the time since the Lord has captured my heart, the world has seemed to become more twisted as its desires have moved to the reprobate. Now I find safety in Jesus as all around me careen toward hell.
I am thankful He has truly transformed what I hold dear.
Feeling empty today? Seek God. Get no satisfaction? Jesus satisfies! Pray today that the Lord transform your desires.
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