Summary: We can be confident the Father handles all desires in Christ
GOD SATISFIES OUR EVERY DESIRE
Oscar Wilde, once wrote, “There are two tragedies in this life. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” In a way, Mr. Wilde recognized one of the most challenging aspects of being human. We want so much. We measure our lives by how much we get or do not get. Often we are not even sure about what we want. We are only sure of one thing: we want.
Today, our Savior addresses the issue of wants and desires in regard to our prayer life. Jesus points out that it is not wrong in and of itself to desire something. In fact, God is very gracious to us in respect to our desires. Our Savior gives us some comfort and assurance in that he reminds us that GOD SATISFIES OUR EVERY DESIRE. 1) He doesn’t offer sham substitutes, and 2) We can be confident of the best.
1) He doesn’t offer sham substitutes
The fact that God satisfies desires should not surprise us. God does take our wants and cares into serious consideration. Desire is a real thing. It is what leads us to want something and then to ask for it. Desire is often the guiding force behind our prayer life. The problem is that our sinful flesh takes desire and turns it on its head. This sinful flesh of ours is very fickle. It has definite desires and wants, but it is unable to determine the appropriate way to satisfy those needs.
Think of how we often satisfy our own physical hunger pangs. Perhaps you’re driving along the highway or sitting at home, when suddenly you feel your stomach begin to rumble. Your appetite has peaked. You have a desire for food. How we satisfy that desire is crucial. Do we pull off the highway into some fast-food place for a large fries and drink, or stroll into the kitchen for a bag of chips? Usually, that’s the case. Now, the desire for food is not wrong. How we satisfy that desire can be wrong, though. We can gorge ourselves on chips or candy and be satisfied, but its all a sham. There are greater needs that are left unmet; better foods that need to be eaten, nutrients we need to absorb.
All too often that’s just how we approach our heavenly Father in prayer. Most of our prayers just seem to skim the surface. Not only that, but we seem to ask God to satisfy our physical desires with some sham substitutes. We’re tempted to ask God to fill our desires by giving us something to gnaw on for a while just so we’re satisfied. Yet, all-the-while we are unaware of the greater things he provides.
Physical desires are very fleeting. They fall for one sham or another. And they leave us wanting for more. The businessman wants a bigger salary. The actor wants more fame. The athlete wants to break the record book. The husband wants a bigger bass boat, the wife wants a better wardrobe, and the kids want a newer family car to be seen in. Look around us and we can find example after example of people who spend their life’s energy seeking to obtain certain goals. Many of these people have dedicated their lives to one goal--maybe financial success, fame, or the mastery of some skill or sport.