The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. Proverbs 11:23
Desire: appetite, longing for, wish, longing
Righteous: just in conduct and character
Only: with a restrictive force, emphasizing what follows (good)
Good: pleasant, delightful, delicious, sweet or savory, be pure and clean, cheerful
Expectation: things hoped for, outcome
Wicked: guilty of hostility to God or his people
Wrath: overflowing rage, fury, an outburst of passion—anger
It's Christmas time and we all start making our Wish Lists. What do we really want for Christmas? As we get older, our wishes often change. Instead of wishing for things, we know the importance of being together with family and friends.
When we have a wish or longing, we try to do whatever we can to make that wish come true. We strive to attain. Desire: an appetite that we want to be satisfied.
If my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), then my conduct and character will be righteous restricting my desires and appetites to those that are delightful and cheerful.
Satisfying good desires and appetites brings about peace, contentment, and joy.
The outcome of those hostile to God and His wisdom is an outburst of anger. We see it daily on the news—the actions of those who act out on their evil desires not caring if they kill or are killed in the process. Trying to satisfy the wicked desires creates destruction and chaos.
What is my desire? What is my appetite? How will I satisfy it?
If I want true peace, contentment and joy than my appetite must be restricted by God's wisdom.