But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin; when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15
I am the mother of four, a full nest for sure. An awesome visual for God’s desire to give good gifts in abundance. Did we plan and prepare for each one, complete with the romantic ambiance of flickering candlelight and dark chocolate (a must)? No.
Did some come “too soon” or “too late”? Yes.
But, it doesn’t matter. They were conceived and born just the same. Because – and permit me to make this abundantly clear – there are no unwanted pregnancies.
All of life and death is under the authority of the Divine design of the Creator, Almighty God.
The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is working out His purposes. O. Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
~“I totally thought we couldn’t conceive” pregnancies
~Sooner than expected pregnancies
~Later than expected pregnancies
~Victim of abuse pregnancies
But there are no unwanted pregnancies.
Except that one…
But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin; when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
As a consequence of my doing the tango with the object of a malignant desire, there could be born into the world a child called “sin” and then one called “death”. And there you have some unwanted pregnancies.
God created desire. When enjoyed as per His design, it is wholly pleasurable and good..
The desire to serve Him on the mission field, when partnered with the opportunity and the funds, might give birth to an installment of God’s plan, whereby someone might be led to Christ. Total win-win.
I might desire a place of refuge, letting my thoughts wander to the ocean shore or to the mountains.
There’s the desire for someone’s salvation, which brings me no greater joy!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4
But desire isn’t the bad guy here. Saying so would suggest that God was wrong in His design that I should experience pleasure.
The problem is my response to the desire.
Consider Blue Bell ice cream (www.bluebell.com). I do. Often. Any flavor = pure pleasure . But if partnered with the burning embers of anger over an issue, the desire for ice cream might give birth to the sin of gluttony where one bowl – or even two or three – isn’t enough. Especially if we’re talking about Dutch Chocolate here.
And temptation? It operates a little bit like a dance floor upon which desire and the object of that desire lock arms in a tight embrace. And if a desire, behaving in like manner to a harlot, drags me away and entices me to wrong-doing,
And sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:15b
So, if I’ve got sin babies popping out all over the place, I believe a repeat lesson on moral purity might be in order. God surely didn’t intend that the earth would become one big nursery.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy, the dEVIL, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8