Do you see how your desires seek self-honour and self-glory? Do you see why God teaches us to serve Him and to stay away from any personal greed?
You can see that the things of God have nothing to do with the “world” in which we were created, or what we think is best for us; it has nothing to do with the fact that we feel good about what we do or the feeling of being “all-powerful” because we have grown in certain areas.
We all have something that we consider “beautiful” in our own eyes and we set our own priorities. These priorities can be many things, such as beauty, fashion, fame, the security of being well seen and accepted by all, etc.
“…That the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” (Genesis 6:2)
The beauty of those women who the children of men were attracted to, can be referred to as the “gold” and not the altar. That is when you nurture any intention other than just to serve and honour God.
The Bible says that God repented in creating mankind precisely because of the wickedness of his heart. The same corrupt heart that sometimes you say is new and wants to take the place of God.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
We can only receive a new heart when we are sensitive to God’s voice, not to the “beauty” of what our eyes covet.
And we are the ones who make that choice!
Do not put your eyes on anything or anyone other than Him. Being close to anyone else won’t guarantee you any type of assurance. That’s why it’s sometimes better to be alone even if you think no one sees you because this way you will only draw God’s attention. And that is the best thing, better than getting the attention of others, because when we call the attention of the Father, He honours us!