The desires in your heart are not a mistake.
We are a people motivated by a desire to be satisfied. In fact, for some people, life is just a pursuit of satisfaction. From one stage to another, the heart wants something new- and our lives are spent chasing the next solution to an ever-present emptiness. We chase a variety of things for answers- money, relationships, friendships and experiences- and we are unsatisfied when, inevitably, they leave us empty handed.
God created us with desires in our hearts. When the Father knit you together, He saw the dreams that would keep you awake at night. He carefully included every desire to be cherished, loved, and wanted. He wove those into your soul for a purpose just like any other characteristic of yours. Your Father sees your soul as one that He would cherish, hold, and die for.
But so often we are left empty by unfulfilled desires, and we have all seen and experienced the danger of being dissatisfied. Dissatisfaction leads people to careers that leave them numb and passionless. It forces young people to stay in relationships that are abusive and loveless. It is what drives us to desperation, depression, loneliness, anxiety, and anger. This cannot be the will of a God who endured a cross for you. You were created for absolute love, complete acceptance, pure friendship and communion with God. But when these desires are fractured by a broken world, the human heart settles for cheap substitutes of what it was created for. Hungry souls settle for scraps of other people’s affection. Desperate people beg for acceptance, and are handed rejection, lies, and hatred. Empty people search the earth for fulfillment, settling for being filled by other empty people until all are depleted, all are weary, and there is nowhere else to turn.
Here is the question we are left with: is desire a flaw in our design? It seems that unfulfilled desires are what push people away from the feet of their Father and out into the world, seeking an answer. But what if we saw desire as an opportunity to know Him better? What if desire, instead of being the enemy, was actually evidence of the grace of God?
God is: a good father that gives good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11), who has all authority and resources at His disposal (Psalm 50:7-15). In His presence is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11) and He works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
This is not a God who will leave you empty. Yes, there may be desires that are unfulfilled. There may be unanswered questions and discontentment and overall dissatisfaction for a season. But would He create in you desires that He will not fill? Are there places in your soul that your Father does not see? Does He intend to leave you empty?
Know this: a God willing to put on flesh to find you, be despised, rejected, and killed to save you, and defeat death to keep you does not look at your emptiness without an answer. He just opens His arms to you.
We serve a God who created you with needs that only He could fill; not so that you would have to look elsewhere, but that you would look more intently at His face. Desire is a grace-filled invitation to lean further into the Father, believing and trusting that He has the solution to the emptiness in your soul. He isn’t scared of your desperation, your desires don’t scare Him away, and your uncertainty will not shake Him. Run to Him with your desires. Throw them at His feet, and trust Him with them. He’s never been unfaithful, and He won’t start with you.