Lusting After Earthly Desires

So I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:16-17 NIV)

When we think about lust, we think about our sexual desires towards someone that is not our spouse. When we look at lust in the Bible, we mostly see it teaching about the lust of our eyes and flesh, in regards to our sexual desires. However, not only can lust be a sexual desire, but can also be defined as a strong or overwhelming desire or craving for something. What does this tell us? It tells us that when we want something so bad that we are overwhelmed and/or obsessed with it, we are lusting for that thing.

For many women (as well as men I’m sure), we become obsessed with the thought of marriage, a husband, and/or a family. I know I’m guilty of this. I also know many of you are guilty of this. The truth is, the enemy will distort our view of happiness whenever he can. When we become obsessed with obtaining something, we are forgetting about our sovereign and amazing God. He is the one we should be obsessed with. He is the one we should be craving and desiring to wake up and fall asleep to.

Sometimes, while obsessing about these things, we lose touch with God. We spend so much time worrying about our lives that we forget to spend time with God. We forget that God is working in our lives and has a plan for us which is much more amazing than anything we can do for ourselves. We forget to read our Bible. We forget to pray.

In the midst of our forgetfulness, we are losing our relationship with God. We aren’t feeling as close to him as we once did. We wonder where we went wrong. Yet we are still lusting and making idols out of our desires in life.

So what can we do about it? Talk to God. Tell him how badly you want these things, but at the end of all these things, remember that God is sovereign. Put your complete trust in Him, and you will find peace. You will find joy. What God does for you might not be what you have been waiting for or wanting, but be thankful for that. What God brings you is far more superior than anything you could have brought to yourself.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for being there. Even when we are chasing after our earthly desires and forgetting about you. Thank you for being there for us no matter what, because nothing can separate us from your love. I pray that we will be opened to our calling. For what you have planned for us, and Lord, if it’s not what we have planned for ourselves, help us to remember that your plans are all we need.

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