Our Desires

Psalm 145: 16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

          What are the desires of my heart? In Psalm 145 verse 16 it says that God opens His hand and satisfies the desires of every living thing. We all have desires. Desires are more than just wants. Wants come and go. Sometimes I want to eat a Reese Peanut Butter cup. Sometimes I want to read a certain book or go see a certain movie. To want something is more shallow in feeling but to desire something is deep. To desire is a much deeper feeling, almost a feeling that can’t truly be expressed in words. Desire influences want. Our choices are based on our strongest desire at the moment of the decision. So what does the Bible mean when it says God satisfies the desires of every living thing. Does this mean that God is like a wishing well or a magic genie ready to fulfill your ever command? No. Instead it means that God in the end will give us what we most desire. While this might sound like a great thing it can also be a very tragic and unfortunate thing. The bible teaches that our natural desire is for evil. In proverbs 21:10 it says that the soul of the wicked desires evil. Proverbs 13:2 says the desire of the treacherous is for violence. God is good in that He gives us our desires but our desires are ultimately for evil. People always ask how a loving God could send anyone to Hell and the answer is that God is only giving people what they ultimately desire namely evil. In Romans 1:25 it talks about God giving people over to their evil desires, “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” The good news that I am grateful is that God can change our desires. God can give a new heart and make us a new creation with Godly desires. Psalms 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” It is only by God’s grace that I can have new desires. God is good because He fulfills our desires whether they be for life or destruction. God is great because He made a way through Jesus to give me a desire for God. I desire to spend my life knowing God and becoming more like Him. It is a joy to know that God who gave me that desire will fulfill it.