Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 26:8
“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”
And while we are on the subject of how the scripture often uses words differently than our common culture…let’s talk about this thing called desire.
Desire can be healthy and normal or unhealthy and perverse.
It can bring to mind images of passion and pursuit.
But here, in Isaiah, it brings to mind something akin to devotion.
As God’s children our hearts desire God.
We want more than just a “follow the rules” mentality to be the hallmark of our life with God.
We want to do more than just avoid punishment or hardship.
We desire relationship, love, purpose, divine companionship, and much more.
And those are all very good things, indeed.
So, while in this life there are clearly some things we might desire that are not good – this isn’t one of them.
Letting our hearts desire God, craving that walking in the way of God’s will for our lives – that is a path we should all pursue passionately.
Again, the prophet says it well:
“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.”
It’s passionate stuff to be sure; and very, very good.
Prayer: Lord, may my heart’s desire always be for you and your way. AMEN.