“What do you want?”
“Desires are more important than needs: God reaches our hearts by satisfying them.” My pastor
I thought about this today and decided that it is worth sharing.
God created desires as part of His reflection in us; yet it seems that a great deal of religious teaching has worked to shut down anything that even looks like one. This is perhaps a more deadly deception. How many times have you heard faithful Christians say something like, “Oh, I only need a little bit: A roof over my head…” It actually expresses lack of trust in God. Then, when we want to ask for things that matter to us, like healing, financial provision or blessing, we are afraid, ashamed or unsure.
Here are some Bible verses to show the importance of desires to God:
Delight yourself in the LORD ; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5
You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. ps 145:16
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
What does God say? I believe He wants us to tell Him what we would like (desire) so that He can give it to us, thereby building relationships.
There is a thing that has intrigued me for years: In a number of Gospel accounts, when Jesus heals, He asks, “What do you want?”
The ten lepers said they wanted to be cleansed; Bartimaeus said he wanted to see…
So, what do you want god to give you or do for you?