Desiring God - Hope 103.2

Desiring God

By David ReayThursday 10 Nov 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 7:21-25

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT)

Most of us can identify with Paul. We do want to go God’s way but then again we want to enjoy the ‘pleasures’ of sin. We make solemn promises to follow Jesus and then promptly wander off in pursuit of more self-centred activities.

This can lead to despair. Paul describes himself as ‘miserable’. We can sink into negativity as we recognise we simply can’t consistently obey God. And yet Paul sees an answer in Jesus. How is he the answer?

For one thing, he promises us his Spirit who is ceaselessly at work encouraging us and empowering us to go God’s way. And yet we can add something else. It is this same Spirit who plants desires within us. My desire to follow Jesus, even though it is not always acted on, is testimony to the fact that God is at work in me. My desire to please God in fact pleases God. This side of heaven we will always have conflicting desires, but these don’t disqualify us from discipleship.

My desire is to have a greater desire to love God and others. This leads to frustration but also to comfort. My dissatisfaction with mingled desires is a sign of spiritual life not spiritual death.

David Reay