Should we even Dare to Desire?


What are your thoughts on this walk, this faith walk we are on?

We walk through the seasons of life and at times the cold of winter is just unbearable, the heat of summer just too much… you know sometimes we resist too much, desire to little and receive not.

John Eldirdge wrote:

There is a secret set within each of our hearts. It often goes unnoticed. We rarely can put words to it, and for the most part it remains hidden in the deepest part of us.

It is simply our desire for life as it was meant to be. Isn’t there a life you have been searching for all your days? You might not always be aware of your search, and there are times when you seem to have abandoned looking altogether. But again and again it returns, this yearning that cries out for the life we prize. It is exclusive, to be sure. It seems to come and go at will. Season may pass until it surfaces again. And though it seems to taunt us or even cause us great pain, we know when it returns that it is priceless. For if we could recover this desire, unearth it from beneath all distractions and embrace it as our deepest treasure, we would discover the secret of our existence…

You see, life comes to all of us as a mystery…

(John Eldridge, Dare to Desire, 2002:13)

Not all our desires are wrong, evil or destructive…
Although the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt (Jeremiah.17:9) we have above all the blessing of an Almighty God.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
(Ezekiel 36:25-28.)

And in Psalms

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:3-4)

What is it then, this desire you have?

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