WHAT DO YOU CRAVE?
I sat down at a restaurant and couldn’t resist the basket of fresh baked white bread they brought to the table. I knew that white bread has no nutritional value, but it smelled so good. I loaded it with butter, another food I normally limit. Soon I was too full to really enjoy the healthy meal I ordered. Sometimes we eat junk and it completely ruins our appetite for healthy food. This can happen spiritually too. We fill ourselves on entertainment like movies, Facebook, sports, video games, workouts, hobbies, vacations, Internet, and leave no room to crave the Lord.
The funny thing about junk food is that it makes you crave more. Sometimes you are full with junk and can still crave “something.” Nutritionists say that you are craving vitamins and minerals because you have starved yourself, yet you are full of meaningless calories that make you full and fat. Your system is crying out for substance.
Spiritually, people live in this mode for years, craving the wrong things. Their spirit is dying on the inside, malnourished. They have the illusion they have been spiritually fed because their stomach (schedule) is full.
The prophetic Isaiah tells us, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; . . . Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” Is. 55:1-2.
Isaiah is inviting us, “Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” He knows it will require effort on our part, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”
For us to eat healthy physically, we have to seek out good food. We have to read the labels and look for restaurants that use fresh, real ingredients. We have to make choices and eliminate our cravings for foods that clog our arteries. Spiritually we have to seek the Lord. He is the food that nourishes us. His Word feeds us. Malnourished Christians spend countless hours a week feeding on the world through T.V. and internet, but don’t open their Bible for five minutes. The more you read and study the Bible, the more you crave. The deeper you get, the more satisfying it is. The more time we actually pray, the more we want to pray.
I have a theory. If I eat fruits and vegetables when I am hungry BEFORE I eat anything else, then I will eat less junk. By doing this I will get full on nutritious, vitamin rich foods that satisfy, and leave less room for foods that have very little benefit. We don’t have to give up everything, but we do have to get our priorities straight. This can be done spiritually too. What if Christians read the Bible, worshipped or prayed before they watch T.V. or other entertainment? We would have a bunch of solid, grounded Christians who really loved the Lord and knew the Word. They would hear Him clearly, because they spent time with Him.
I challenge you to change your cravings. Choose carefully what you eat, both physically and spiritually. God is whispering to you to come to the waters, and you will be satisfied!
all verses are from Isaiah 55