“And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.” Rev. 18:14.
In her pride, Babylon declared she would sit a queen, and no widow, and see no sorrow. She sat in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, precious stones, and pearls. But now, in one hour, “…so great riches is come to nought…” “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils…she shall be utterly burned with fire…” How quickly our forbidden pleasure turns to pain.
Another woman in the bible experienced a similar demise when she, “…saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Gen. 3:6. Her moment of prideful pleasure, shared by her husband, cost not only their lives but the lives of every individual who came after them. They, also, lost their fellowship with the Lord, their trust in one another, their peace, their home, their rule over the earth, and the pure image of God, for all mankind.
The Lord did not leave them or us without hope in promising to send One who would ultimately defeat Satan, sin and death. But when we desire the things of this world, our pleasure will be short-lived.
“For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.” 1Peter 1:24. “…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14.
Desire in itself is neither good or bad, only where that desire is placed determines the consequences of the desire.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of 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 word. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1John 2:15-17.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” Psalm 63:1. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17.
Praying our desire for the only One who can truly satisfies increases.