Proverbs 10:24 “The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.”
While the fears of the wicked overtake him, the desires of the righteous will overtake him. These statements are polar opposites of each other. The wicked gets what he fears and the righteous gets what he wants.
Eliphaz, Job’s friend, who falsely accused Job of sin, described the fear of the wicked. In Job 15:20-21 he says, “The wicked man travaileth in pain all his days…A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.” “A dreadful sound” means “a sound of fears.” The wicked live in constant fear and worry, and what they fear will come upon them. The desire of the wicked is to please themselves rather than their Creator. Psalm 73:27 states, “For, lo, they that are far from Thee (God) shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from Thee.”
Praise the Lord, the same is not true for those who do what is right. When I think of the desire of the righteous, Psalm 27:4 and Psalm 73:25 come to mind. The righteous’ desire, unlike the wicked’s desire, is God Himself. In Psalm 73:25, Asaph writes, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” David echoes this righteous desire in Psalms 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”
The cool thing is now, is that God has made the very bodies of New Testament believers His temple, and His Holy Spirit resides in each believer. How awesome! As believers we need to treat our bodies as what they are, the temples of the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:18-20). God says those that defile/destroy His temple, God will destroy them. A believer cannot lose his salvation, but will reap what he sows (John 10:28-29). In other words, sexual sin, tobacco, drugs, alcohol are all things that are destructive to a person’s body. As Christians, our bodies belong to the Lord. We have been bought with a price, and therefore we each have a holy responsibility to glorify God in our body and spirit, because they are His.
A closing thought on the desire of the righteous and the fear of the wicked is from Proverbs 11:23. “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”
In application, compile a list of your desires, and then categorize them as righteous or wicked desires. Plead with the Lord to take away your wicked desires. Confess those wrong desires to Him as sin, claiming the promise that God will grant the desire of the righteous. Remember that in Christ, we are justified. That means Christ has made us righteous (Romans 5:1-2). I love Pastor John Yates’ way he has shared to remember what justification means. God see me just as if I’d never sinned, and just as if I’d been as righteous as Christ. Praise God! Ask yourself, “Is the Lord my chief desire?” If not, He ought to be just as He was for Asaph and David. When God is my chief desire, all the rest of my desires will be only good, and praise God, those desires will be granted.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4