Are Strong Desires Always Bad?
God wants us to have strong desires, but our desires must be for the right things — things that:
1) don’t belong to others, and
2) don’t replace our loyalty and love for God.
King David described how he coveted an authentic face-to-face relationship with God in Psalm 42. This is what he said:
“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2 NIV
What a great thing to covet!
So here is the bottom line about coveting: as you desire and pursue an authentic face-to-face relationship with God, remember that he will help you identify and control negative desires that arise in your life — those covetous desires that need to change.
Join the A Cappella Kids as they worship God by singing “As the Deer” written by Martin J. Nystrom.