Two kinds of desire

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

There are two kinds of desire.  The first in this scripture is defined as an expectation that oppresses and leads to fraud or deceit.  That’s the Hebrew word definition of “hope.”

Is that “hope” the kind of desire that comes from my soulish man — derived from my mind, will and emotions?  Does it come from that part of myself driven by self-absorbtion, pride, competition and the cultural dictates of this fallen world?  Do we want husbands or wives, college degrees, careers, notoriety, cars, homes or any other possession or lifestyle because of this kind of hope?

Is this deceitful expectation more about conquering, acquiring and accumulating the things of this world?  Does any of it lead to true peace or does it just lead to a continual quest for more of the world’s fulfillment that ultimately leads to dissatisfaction?

Are these hopes based in my love for God and my desire for Him?

The second word, longing (or desire) as defined in the original Hebrew language means something that is a “long buried desire.”  Something deep within me that I might not even be aware of.

Where does this long buried longing come from?

When I give up my own self-focused hope and expectations — I begin to see the buried treasure deep within my heart originally placed there by God.

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:15-16

The desires God placed in me match his and lead to goodness and a fulfillment of his original plan for my life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, and plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” Jeremiah 29-11:13

The desires God puts in me are different from my worldy hopes.  His are based in his character and plan for creation and how I could be in fellowship with him.   He says he planned to prosper me and wants me to come and commune with him.  That was and is his desire and promise to me today.

“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

My long buried desires were resurrected by the shed blood of Jesus and my belief that his resurrection reconciled and reconnected me to God’s original purposes for my life — life with him.

He placed his desires in me before I was born.  His placed his righteousness in me — that I could be in right standing with him and be with him forever; he put his peace in me that passes all human understanding and brings true rest to my life no matter the circumstance.  He placed his joy in me bringing me to an assurance and  rejoicing — in knowing that all I am and all that I do is strong because of him.

My hope is in him and his desires for my life.  I pray that I will be in constant fellowship with him and will hear and obey his voice.   I pray that no matter how soft it is — His voice is still louder than the worlds.


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