Desire…A Proof of God’s Existence…
“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And earth has nothing I desire besides You” (Psalm 73:5 NIV).
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him? (Psalm 42:1-2 NLT)
de·sire [dih-zahyuhr] verb, de·sired, de·sir·ing, noun
verb (used with object)
1. to wish or long for; crave; want.
2. to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request.
3. a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
4. an expressed wish; request.
5. something desired.
All humans want. Whether it’s love, attention, popularity, money, fame, power, stuff, or the Cubs to finally win the stinkin’ World Series, all humans want. We desire. We hope. We need. We long. We crave.
But have you ever thought about why we want so much?
Whenever we want anything we are trying to meet a need that we have, we are responding to having a shortage of something.
Our desire is often an inner pushing that catapults us toward seeking and finding that which will satisfy our desire (e.g. an itch is the most productive way to get yourself to start scratching)
We want a drink of water because we are thirsty.
We want food because we are hungry.
We want that cute guy or girl to like us because we feel lonely.
We want a quadruple quarter pounder with cheese, sometimes, because we feel sad.
We want a cool car because we want people to notice us.
We want an energy drink because we need to stay up late and cram for a test tomorrow.
We want chocolate because…well…who needs a reason to want chocolate? 🙂
We want a trim/fit/muscular body because we want to feel better about ourselves. Etc. etc. etc.
But what happens when you get everything you want?
It happens to some people. They literally get everything they want. Now they might not have a submarine or they might not have been able to travel to the moon, but they pretty much have everything.
What happens when you have the coolest clothes,
when you’re with the cool group in school,
when you have
the best body,
the cutest boyfriend/girlfriend,
the best car,
the best grades,
the most money,
the most attractive personality?
It isn’t enough. Look at people who seem to have all of their desires, and many of them still aren’t happy.
We eat…and get hungry again.
We sleep…and get tired again.
We succeed…and then want/need an even better/bigger success later on.
We get plastic surgery to look “more beautiful”…and then want more surgery later on to “fix” our other cosmetic “flaws.”
We get a huge house…and then want a bigger one down the road.
Even King Solomon, after he had experienced all the wealth, fame, power, success, and physical pleasure a person could ever have, said this about his experiences:
Ecclesiastes 2:1, 10-11 NIV:
I said to myself, “Come on. I’ll put pleasure to the test. I want to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.
10 I gave myself everything my eyes wanted.
There wasn’t any pleasure that I refused to give myself.
I took delight in everything I did.
And that was what I got for all of my work.
11 But then I looked over everything my hands had done.
I saw what I had worked so hard to get.
And nothing had any meaning.
It was like chasing the wind.
Nothing was gained on this earth.
And yet we still have this desire for…something (or Someone).
Maybe it’s because we were made to know and love and enjoy and obey God,
and that desire can only be satisfied by knowing, loving, enjoying, and obeying God.
C.S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
Maybe our desires as humans,
and the fact that we are never truly happy even when we have all of those material desires,
prove that God exists
and that we are really desiring Him.
Maybe we need the “invisible” God to truly live and be happy,
just like our lungs need “invisible” air molecules to make our bodies live.
(Please click HERE for the poem, “Who Is The One Toward Whom Desire Flows?”)
(Malachi 3:1 NIV),“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me [Jesus].
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message).
Will you choose to trust in Jesus today as your Savior (and then follow Him each day as your Lord), even though it doesn’t all make sense?
Desire…prepare to meet thy truest satisfaction.