Wednesday, March 05, 2008
"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalms 37:4
TODAY'S THOUGHT The song, "Looking for love in all the wrong places" could easily be changed today to, "Looking for desire in all the wrong places." We look to fulfill the desires of our heart through worldly pleasures only to come up empty handed. In his book "Desire" John Eldredge writes about pleasure as a false God, an idol. He writes, "Wal-Mart is open twenty-four hours a day now, with a dozen restaurants nearby. Next door, a multiplex theater with thirty seven screens. Or stay home - we have more than a hundred channels on the TV. Then there are computer games and the internet. We've discovered gourmet coffee, gourmet jelly beans and popcorn. We've nearly perfected our little pleasures. But they are all imposters-every one. We are so taken by the dizzying array of choices, we never have to stop and take a good look at what we are doing." He then brings up an interesting point. "Pleasure isn't nearly so much about satisfying our desires as it is about anesthetizing ourselves. Think about the relief your pleasures provide: Is your desire truly and deeply satisfied, or does the relief come more through the temporary absence of desire?" You see, God knows the desires of your heart. He knows what you are lacking and He has promised that if you delight yourself in Him and His ways, He would give you the desires of your heart. No worldly pleasure can do that. Today delight yourself in God.
TODAY'S PRAYER Father, only You can really satisfy the desires I have deep in my heart. Only You know me intimately and have a plan for my life. Forgive me for having idols of pleasure. I renounce them and have decided to delight myself in you. Thank You that You will give me the desires of my heart. AMEN