I gathered with some new and old friends on Tuesday to start a new Bible study “Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food”. I am just so excited to see what the next couple of months will bring.
This truth rang out for me early this morning, “God never intended for us to want anything more than we want Him.” Anything. Now, maybe food isn’t your thing. Some days it is for me, but many it is not. My struggle can look more like the success of my kids and the fear that they won’t follow hard after God. Another can be working so hard to make sure that my world is peaceful; productive. Just take a look at what we spend our time and our thoughts focused on. There is a huge clue to what we want most.
Lysa shared what the Israelites wanted in Psalm 78:18 “They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.” Wow. Demanding. Craved. The results of getting what they wanted? They never made it to the promised land He had for them.
This truth hit me hard. I am not willing to sacrifice reaching God’s promised land in my life for anything. Not for holding on to control with my kids. Not for a “successful” life in my own eyes. I am desperate to get to God’s very best by craving Him above all.
So the question is how? How do I silent the voices in my head telling me what to think about and how to invest my time and energy? Lysa shared her “how”. “I found my cravings as a prompt to pray.” Run to God. When I feel the anxiety rising up inside my heart that tells me to keep my thumb on my kids, I will turn with my fears to Jesus. When I am anxious that there is so much to do and so little time, I will do the opposite. I will stop and take time to pray. Surely, when I do the opposite of what he wants, praying will silence the enemy and quiet the voices.
What are your cravings? It’s Friday and it seems that the weekends seem to make the cravings just a bit louder. Let’s start together today, this weekend, to begin running to God when we feel these cravings. I know that as we do, we will find that filling, our completion in Him.