Satan Uses Our Desires Against Us
While desire is not evil, it can be used by Satan for evil. The enemy can distort the beautiful gift of passion for distracting us from God and making us turn away from Him. This happens whenever we choose to fulfill our needs and desires through the created things of this world rather than in our Creator.
In Matthew 6:33, we are told: “But seek first his kingdom and righteousness….” The word “seek” in the original language is associated with the English word “crave.” This tells us that it is possible to desire or crave God’s kingdom and righteousness. Moreover, craving and desire, therefore, can be used for God’s glory. The verse says, “…and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Furthermore, the Gospel writer expresses the priority of desiring and craving for God more than anything else. We must crave for God more than material things, emotional affirmation, career security, and whatnot. He is telling us to direct our craving and desire from the things of the world to the things of God.
Finally, there is a difference between attending to our desires and attempting to satisfy them. Listening to our desires gives us space to discern whether it is in line with God’s will. Wishes are meant to be paid attention to, not satisfied immediately. It is by paying attention to our desires that allows us to act in a pleasing way to God. Paying attention to our desire with discernment, prudence, and temperance will enable us to use the desires of our hearts to propel us towards growth and the fulfillment of the life God had destined for us.
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