Recently, I started reading a book called Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I know a lot of my issues surrounding my food addiction are spiritual. I want to have a better relationship with God, make it more of a two-way relationship, but something is holding me back. I have a hard time fully surrendering. Needless to say, I am hoping this book will help. In addition to reading the book, I am also completing the 6-week book study that goes with it.
The first chapter of the book discusses cravings. What are you craving? It reviews the definition of craving. The author defines it as such: to yearn for, desire earnestly, to long for. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition of craving is this.
Craving: A very strong desire for; an intense, urgent or abnormal desire or longing.
Do you have a longing for God? Do you have an intense, urgent longing to have a relationship with God? Or are your cravings for something different entirely?
Recently, I have been reading some posts and commentaries from some church goers on how the church needs to get back to the truth, to preach the Gospel as it was written, to remind people to live and love like Jesus did/does. That a relationship with God is about more than just feelings.
Lets look at this from a different perspective. In the Old Testament, God gave Moses The Ten Commandments to give to the people of Israel. It gives us a list of things to do and not to do. Lets review them:
- Thou shall not kill – This should be a given, and we know it is not.
- Thou shall not steal – This includes all the stationery and office supplies from work. I mean who doesn’t take stuff from the supply closet for home every now and then?
- Honour your mother and father – Some people find this easier than others. Some people do not have good relationships with their parents.
- Thou shall not commit adultery – Society has a big issue with this one. Many marriages have been broken because of adultery and it can be hard to trust again if a couple stays together.
- Thou shall not covet your neighbour’s house – In other words be content with what you have. It also goes with the one above. Do not covet your neighbour’s house, your’s neighbour’s wife, your neighbour’s ass or your neighbour’s wife’s ass.
- Thou shall not give false testimony against your neighbour – In other words, do not lie; always tell the truth.
- Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy – Society has definitely destroyed this one. People often reserve Sunday as their do to run errands, go shopping, touring, etc. By doing all of these things, other people have to work in order to serve you. If you don’t want to work on Sunday, why would you make others work on Sunday?
- Thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain – Again, society has lost this one.
- Thou shall not make for yourself a carved image to worship – If you read the whole of this verse to continues to to specify ‘any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above…’ Does that mean the statues of Jesus and Mary are idols? Just asking.
- Thou shall have no other gods before me – This is where we get to what I was walking about earlier.
If you are craving that burger and fries with a cold beer, wouldn’t that be idol worshiping? Are you craving that warm chocolate brownie, with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream, and chocolate and caramel drizzle more than God?
These commentaries I have been reading lately, reminding us to get into and know the Word of God, almost seem to forget that we are human, that we will make mistakes. We will all sin. I am a Christian woman who sins. I admit that I crave pop and chips more than God sometimes. Do I mean to do it? Not always but it does seem to happen.
Remember what Paul said in Romans 7.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Using these verses as an example, for someone who is an addict of any kind (but lets use me as an example), will I go to hell because I am unable to control my cravings, no matter how much I want to in my heart and soul? If I repent, then fall off the wagon (again!) am I unforgiven because I have knowingly sinned?
God knows what is in my heart, and that I am trying. Any addict will tell you it is a never-ending battle. As I wrote in my last blog, it is the invisible, spiritual battles that are the hardest to win.
Here is what I do know: I love God and He loves me. He loves me as I am, but He loves me too much to let me stay as I am. He wants to see me grow. I am a work in progress. I will never be perfect. I am human. I am a sinner.
So what are you craving for today? The cheeseburger, fries, cold beer, brownies and ice cream? Or are you craving for God? Do you at least want to be craving for God? Share your thoughts in the comments, please.