Tuesday, May 24 |

Lust, Pt2

Read Pt1 Here

Lust is the desire for any thing, place, or person other than what is intended for us.

Ever notice when you're ready to replace something, how all of a sudden, the object you're replacing doesn't look to you the same as it once did? When you become dissatisfied with something, you see the imperfections. What was good is now bad. What was beautiful is now ugly. What was pure is now tarnished.

That car was everything you wanted - until the updated version came out. Now suddenly you're noticing the mileage, the scratches, the stains in the carpet. That spouse was everything you dreamed of - until you saw something different in someone else. Now suddenly she's not as pretty, or he's not as affectionate. You think someone else wouldn't have those irritating characteristics. (You're right, they'd have new ones)! Your job doesn't pay enough; your house isn't big enough. The list is endless.



Our lust causes us to distort the view of what we have. The children of Israel came to despise the manna God had provided: "But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.....and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil". (Sounds yummy)! The manna never changed, just their perception of it. How's your perception of that thing, place or person with which you've become dissatisfied?

If we fight hard enough, long enough, we will get what we want. This can be a great thing. It can also be a terrible one. The children of Israel cried against Moses, and against God. They were sick of the same old manna that God had provided. They wanted, or lusted after, something different. They were tired of the manna and wanted meat.  So God gave it to them. "...until it come out your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you; ..... and while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.... and ... there they buried the people that lusted". Numbers 11:20, 33-35

Lust is born from not appreciating God's provision.

  • We desire something He never intended for us to have 
  • That desire distorts our perception of what He has provided. 
  • We despise God's provision, 
  • and in the end, when we get what we've lusted after, it can destroy us. 


Beware what you lust after - you may choke on it.

Fight the good fight,
Jenny

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