Where did the first evil desire come from in a good and perfect world?
O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. Isaiah 63:17 (ESV)
Just heard Piper speak on this verse this am. Very sobering.
Our desire for good has its source in God. If God, for whatever reason, withdraws his presence, we are left in darkness without even the desire for good. God does not create evil, or evil desires. He is the source of only good, but he can withhold his presence in such a way that evil (the absence of good) exists. Piper is only tentatively guessing and feeling for a solution to the problem of where Satan’s first evil desire came from. It’s a mystery but this verse does shed some light on it I think. If our capacity for right desires is completely dependent on God’s gracious presence moment by moment, how much more should we watch our hearts that we do not intentionally pull away form him.