By Joana James
We all have desires for our lives; things that we want, things that we want to do, things that we want to be. Sometimes, these desires overcome us or overwhelm us. It’s quite possible to develop tunnel vision where these are concerned. Maybe, as you get older, you realize that it’s taking a really long time to achieve your goals, or maybe nothing seems to be working out right. Two things can happen at this point, you can give up on your goals, dreams or desires or becoming so obsessed with them that you see, hear or feel nothing else. None of these outcomes are good ones and none of them are what God requires of us.
I’ve learned the hard way that God sometimes withholds the things we desire most from us simply because we place so much emphasis on it. It’s not that he doesn’t want to give you the desires of your heart, but rather, he wants you to want Him more than anything else in this world. When you begin to focus on anything else with such tenacity, it becomes your god. Your real God will not allow that to happen. It’s very easy to destroy our relationship with God when earthly desires get in the way. They become our focus and sometimes, the only thing we pray for. They consume us so much that we forget to see the other good things in life. We don’t count our blessings anymore, instead we pine and dwell on the things God hasn’t given us yet.
I recently learned that sometimes when you let go of the thing you desire most, that’s when God steps in to give it to you. Of course, it does not work that way all of the time, God only gives what we can handle. However, sometimes He really does what to give us that thing that we desire but we’re so obsessed with it, He has to hold it back. When we recognize our obsession and step back and give it up, living our lives according to His will, He steps in and gives us the best.
God is supreme and sovereign and He won’t share His worship with anything, including our personal desires. Examine your heart and whatever it is that you desire, ensure that it has not taking His place. Ensure that it’s not the only thing that you pray for. If it is, change your prayer to “let your will be done in my life”. Totally surrender your will to His with no strings attached and be willing to accept a “no” for the thing you want most. If you can’t accept His will in place of your desires, then you haven’t really surrendered. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it’s the right thing to do. Until then, you’ll be struggling for something you’ll never get.
Please note that I am not saying that you shouldn’t have goals and desires because without these life would be pretty empty, however, never ever let them be your sole purpose for living.
Have a blessed day!
About the Author
Joana James is the author of the Soul Food devotional series. This article, Obsessed with our Desires, is one of the devotions in the final Book, Enduring to the End. Joana is a Christian author from the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. Along with the Soul Food Series, she has authored three fiction titles and is getting ready to release her fourth in June 2013.