In today’s devotion, The First Desperate Housewife, we discover that Potiphar’s wife has a problem with lust.
She’s not alone.
There isn’t a single person alive today who doesn’t struggle with lust in some form or fashion. Our lust may or may not be connected with pornography or the desire for someone else’s spouse. It may be that we lust after a beautiful house or designer clothes. Perhaps it’s titles and fame that we crave. Whatever it is, lust comes from a longing; a desire; a need—that acts like a vacuum. At the center of our heart is a sucking drain—like at the bottom of a swimming pool. We are endlessly thirsty. But we can’t suck water and air at the same time. Believe me. I’ve tried in a swimming pool, lake, ocean and bathtub. A person simply cannot suck water and air at the same time. It’s impossible. But somehow I keep trying…
Recently, I tried drinking from a water bottle, breathe, and walk on the treadmill all at the same time. It ended in embarrassment and a coughing fit that seemed to last forever! While I was turning blue from trying to clear water from my lungs, an older woman quickly identified herself as a retired nurse. She informed me she was able to help if I so needed. I manage to thank the woman between coughing spells and assure her I would eventually be fine.
What was really going through my mind was this:
You might be a redneck if… the only way you get through your workout is by receiving mouth to mouth from someone 20 years your senior.
Back to my point—which is this; When you and I fall in love with the world, lust has taken over our hearts and choked out our love for God. Just as we can’t suck in water and air at the same time, we can’t love with world and God simultaneously either. It reminds me of these verses found in 1 John 2:15-16.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Not only can we not love God and the world at the same time, but all that our flesh, eyes, and pride lusts after will eventually pass away along with this world. But God and His love remains forever.
If your love for God has grown cold due to lust of this world, you can rekindle your passion. The same Christ who once brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light, can take away the long dark night of your soul. So yield yourself to the Holy Spirit. Immerse yourself in the Word of God. Cry out to Christ for a new vision of the glory of his grace. Don’t be content with lukewarmness. Pursue a new passion for Christ. I’m praying for you. Will you pray for me, too?
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