I was just thinking this morning. In my world of those who know me, many shudder when I say this. Some even do the face palm thing while shaking their heads wondering to themselves, “Dear Lord, what is this man up to again?” And a few even run and hide. I’m OK with that because I am convinced God gave me a mind–a mind to learn with and a mind to question things–sometimes everything.
I am thinking about that word “TAME” and its partner word “DOMESTICATED”. Somehow, there are those who think that the purpose of a relationship with God is about taming us. There are many tribes (tribes are groups of people with a similar belief system and mindset about God, also known as denominations in some circles) who believe that in order to follow Jesus, we must be tamed. They treat desire as if it were the modern-day equivalent of Biblical times leprosy.
And so this idea of desire is pushed back and beaten down so that respectability can rule and reign. As I was thinking about that word TAME I realized that it rhymes with another word: LAME. So what if we started seeing DESIRE as something to, well DESIRE, to want, to insist on having? Not just any DESIRE, but to have DESIRE for God–for what God is doing–and especially for what God wants us to do!
Can we agree, at least those smart enough to believe in Intelligent Design, that we have been created in God’s image? OK! God has DESIRES. So if HE has DESIRES, why shouldn’t we? Unfortunately many have traded in the God who has Great Desires for a god who is nice and kind and always gentle. In others words, a domesticated god. When something is domesticated it means we have TAMED it for OUR use, to use the way we want.
The True and Living God is neither TAME nor DOMESTICATED. He is wild with DESIRE! Oops, someone just said, “I don’t believe that! Prove it from the Bible!” Okey Dokey, be careful what you ask for; you just might get it, as in this case. God sent a messenger to Eli the priest saying He, God, would take away the priesthood from Eli and his sons and raise up priests who do what, and I quote God, “I DESIRE!” And in Isaiah 55:11–“It (His word) will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I DESIRE and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” And Jesus said in John 17:24–“Father, I DESIRE that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
Now, when it comes to US, should their be desire? Now David was called a man after God’s own heart. When he selected a worship leader, he chose Asaph. I am sure David, who loved to worship God, wanted someone just as passionate as he. Read these words of Asaph:
24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I DESIRE you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever. (Psalm 73:24-26 NLT)
Let’s stop being Tame And Lame, and reclaim that word DESIRE. The enemy has used it for too long as a sign of evil. Desire, as God put it in us, is both good and necessary. When we become “tame”, the enemy no longer fears us. He has domesticated us, meaning, we are here for his pleasure and guess what else. His “desires”, desires which are to keep us away from our created purpose and to prevent us from being Warriors. One of the things that makes the enemy tremble with fear and trepidation is when he sees one of God’s Image Bearer’s doing exactly what Asaph wanted, to DESIRE God more than anything else. When God’s designed DESIRE flows through you, the enemy runs and hides. He wants you domesticated, God wants you wild and free as He designed you. If you are not living out your relationship with God with that God-Designed-And-God-Pleasing DESIRE, you have been Tamed And Domesticated by the evil one. And you are just plain old LAME. And that is so sad, so very sad!
Love God with all you heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him and it will as you DESIRE Him more than anything else on earth.