“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
Have you ever lamented a dull relationship with God and others. That’s the time to check your “lust meter”. James speaks of temptation as something that lures us by enticement and leads to sin, and ultimately to death (James 1:14-15). There are layers to the concept of death, but it’s fundamentally a separation from God. In the garden of Eden, it even led to barriers between Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7).
Temptation is an individualistic experience, yet has a universal root of unbelief. It is hard for us to trust God and rest in His provisions. Therefore, when we have strong thoughts or feelings about something, the chemicals that course through our bodies can easily sway our understanding of what we need and compel us to act. As James said, we are enticed.
Why would God give us sensations that sometimes cannot be satisfied if we want to walk in purity? In James 1:17, God tells us that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”. We have to learn how to desire the Giver, not the gift. As a child grows in understanding a parent’s love through limitations expressed in relationship, we need to submit ourselves to the goodness of God and the timing of His provisions.
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). It is your natural inclination to be swayed by your physiological responses, and it is your spiritual inclination to turn away from God to meet your own needs. Today, try praising God for your felt needs and ask Him to provide for you in His way and in His timing. Your walk with Him and others will be lighter; as if you’d rather be at home with Him than anywhere else, and rather serve others than objectify them for your own needs.