A young child sees a toy on TV and shouts, “I want that.” A teenager sees the latest phone and shouts, “I want that.” An adult sees the newest model car and, in his heart, says, “I want that.” Desires come in all size and shapes and could be something as small as toy to that of a bigger, more expensive item.
Yet desires change as priorities change in our lives. When money is flowing and life is great, we want things. But when children become ill or homes are destroyed in disasters, a desire for normalcy develops. As our spirits wear down and trials overwhelm, we cry out for inner peace.
In all of these desires and needs, the greatest desire is one that only the Holy Spirit can work through His Word. This is the desire for our crucified and risen Savior, Jesus. Our lives become less focused on self and our “wants,” and we center more and more on our desire for Him. Remaining in His Word, embracing the significance of the cross, and relying on Christ’s strength and wisdom, our hearts focus more on His love and less upon ourselves. He becomes our delight. He becomes our desire.
Dear Jesus, thank You for using a shift in my circumstances to help me focus more on You and less on my wants. May my delight and my desire always be in You. Amen.