Search Me O God. By Gilbert Growcott
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All Nations
As A Young Man
Be Not Faithless
Be Swift
Be Ye Holy
Behold
Being Fruitful
Beware Lest
Burning Fire
But In Understanding
Buy
Christ Our Passover
Cleanseth
Comparing Themselves
Desire Milk
Do Good
Do Not Keep
Draw Nigh
Everlasting
Every Spirit
First Last
Follow Right
Fullness
Give None
God Is Love
Godliness
Grace
Grow Up
Guide
Heart
Helper
Him Only
Hold
Humble Yourselves
Humble Yourselves There
I Rejoice
I Will Offer
Keep Covenant
Lay Up For Yourselves
Lead
Let Thy Light
Let Us Not Judge
Let Your Joy
Life
Life Eternal
Love And Trib
Love Enemies
Love Is Of God
Love The Lord
Man Soweth
Marriage
My Heart
My Soul
My Soul Thirsteth
Ourselves Also
Paths
Pleasure
Proud
Put Not Trust
Renewed In Spirit
Sacrifices
Salvation
Seven
Soul
Strange Doctrines
The Desire
The Flesh Deceitful
The Flesh Lusteth
The Zeal
Therefore Choose Life
They Shall Prosper
They That Seek
This Is The Way
Thoughts
Thy Word
To Tell
Transformed
Tribulation
Truth
Try Me
Uncorruptness
Walk Worthy
Who
Whole Heart
Wisdom
Without Excuse
Wonderful
Work Out
Workman
Yahweh Strength

Wisdom Is Profitable To Direct (Ecc. 10:10)

The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life: the desire to HAVE something, to ENJOY something, to BE something: possession, gratification, accomplishment. We all have these lusts. Adam and Eve had them in their innocency.

In themselves, they are not wrong: they are "very good": they are the creation and blessing of God. It is their MISDIRECTION that is evil. "Thou shalt not covet" (Rm. 7:7) is exactly the same word in the original as "with desire I have desired to eat this passover with you" (Lk. 22:15).

Desire and affection are of themselves neutral, and potentially good, as the gifts of God. It is where we set them that makes the difference between sin and sainthood, between sorrow and salvation, tragedy and triumph. Wisdom perceives this, and directs all its desires in the way of wholesomeness, godliness, spiritual productiveness, eternal worthwhileness. Folly does not. Folly lets desire run its natural blind animal course which -- since Adam's transgression and sentence -- has been downward and corrupt and abominably perverted. "Wisdom is profitable to direct" (Ecc. 10:10).

The Berean Christadelphians