Proverbs 11:23 – ‘The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.’
God is righteous. When we desire what He does, we display righteous desire. How is this of benefit? It ‘ends only in good’.
Let’s have a look at the meaning of the words righteous and desire:
Righteous – someone who is seen as righteous is otherwise considered moral, good, just, blameless, honest and respectable
Desire – to have a desire is to want something, you long for it, yearn for it, crave and even feel you need it
So righteous desire is something that we desperately want that is seen as good and honest. In God’s word, it indicates that righteous people – God’s people – have desires that end only in good. So it makes sense that as God’s children, we should have righteous desires!
If we desire to love the unloved, we desire something Godly. If we desire to bless those in need – and act on this – this is a righteous desire. It is good for us to want to do what is right in an unjust world.
Love others, give to them whenever possible. Pray for your enemies. Desire to be righteous. Recognise how God honours this act of the heart (His heart) with good results. Remember, righteous desire ends only in good.
Do you desire wealth in your life? Start by listing that which makes you wealthy already. Your first thing to list should be your salvation through God’s saving grace. I believe desiring wealth can be a righteous desire, if you plan to use it for God’s good. Food for thought.
Financial tip – in times of plenty, don’t splurge this extra. Save a set percentage and use it to build up for times of need. If you unexpectedly come into money (like a tax refund) use it to decrease debts or increase savings.