“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2.17 ESV).
Sometimes a desire can come upon us so strongly that we need to stop what we are doing and really question if the desire is from God or not. If the desire goes against God’s Word, we should automatically know that it is a worldly desire that will end in destruction. However, there are many desires that seem okay and that don’t necessarily compromise God’s Word in our lives, but we have to look closely before we follow through with them. Lots of things look good, but they aren’t necessarily God’s will for our lives. Selling the perfume that anointed the feet of Jesus to help the poor seemed like a good idea, but it went directly against God’s will (John 12.5). The only desires that will have eternal results are the ones rooted in God. All the other desires we chase that are not rooted in God will fade away with the world. Life is short, and we only have this one lifetime to make a difference for eternity. We must be very careful how we manage our time, and chasing fleeting desires shows poor stewardship of the life we have been given. Every time a desire comes upon us, we must seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance. God is more than willing to distinguish a shortsighted desire from an everlasting one.
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37.4 NIV).