20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied. Proverbs 27
I’m back in the saddle! We had a great Good Friday and Easter, both at our awesome faith community at the thevineyardchurch.ca and with my family. Enjoyed the time off and did some yard work and puttering around the house. Here’s an interesting tidbit for you. On Easter Sunday I pondered the resurrection and I came to the conclusion that Jesus is the ‘Beautiful’ that the world longs for. I say that because I tend to find that most people don’t have a problem with Jesus. It’s the ‘church’ that they have issues with, but again…I’m rambling. Onto the sayings of the wise!
The 27th chapter of Proverbs has a potpourri of wisdom sayings that should be allowed to marinate in our minds and hearts. However, this one stood out for me for whatever reason, and here’s the point that hit home…
Thank God (literally) that desire is never satisfied, otherwise, we’d never long for more and more and more. That’s what makes desire…well, desire! I wouldn’t want desire to be satisfied forever. Sure, there are times when we attain that satisfaction, and the satisfaction is good…temporarily…but then we want more. And that’s the beauty of desire. That’s also it’s downfall.
Because desire is never satisfied, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if desire hits, we then need to satisfy it or ‘quench’ it. But the truth is, it always wants more. We have a better understanding of that today with the advances of science and the study of the brain.
Which is all the more reason why we must practice the art of self-discipline. Desire must be disciplined. It needs to be restrained to be healthy. Desire must be mastered, otherwise, it will master us, and when that happens, there is the potential that all hell will break loose.
So, don’t try to pray away your desires because you need them. Rather, bring a good dose of discipline to the situation and rein in those desires. You’ll be a much better person for it!