The Sweetest Craving

The Sweetest Craving

I’ve noticed lately that because there is so much candy around, I’ve begun to snack on tasty chocolate things.  I’ve always been able to resist sweets, but lately I’ve indulged when I see these treats.  I didn’t think much of it until a few weeks ago, early afternoon, I felt this sudden craving for chocolate.

When that happened at exactly the same time for several days in a row, I considered the possibility that my body starting liking…. and needing the sweets.  I had created an appetite for sugar!

The power of appetites

There is a principle about appetites that I’ve learned: appetites love to be fed!  They love to be fed because they grow stronger when nourished.  When they are starved, they weaken.  And when they are starved too long, they die.  I decided that I had to act quickly to kill this new appetite; so I stopped eating the candy.  After a few days, my craving died down.

The reason this is so important is because our appetites speak to us loudly every day.  And many of us know from experience that if we feed everything we have a craving for, we’ll not only be unhealthy, we will also sin (often)!  Many people follow their appetites and feed whatever urges they have.  This is why some sins become habits, addictions or even lifestyles.

Here are some appetites that grow when they are fed:

Sugar – Alcohol –Sex – Gambling

Some appetites are out of God’s will and some are not necessarily sinful.  But if an appetite grows too strong for us to control, starving it will cause it to weaken and die.

The opposite can be true also.  If we want a healthy appetite to grow, we should feed it!  For example, we should practice feeding our appetites for exercise and healthy food.

Spiritual appetite

This principle of appetites works much the same way in spiritual matters.  I’ve learned that the more I eat of God’s Word, being nourished by it every day, the more I crave spending time with the Lord and studying Scripture.  In a sense, you could say that I feed my appetite for spiritual things.

Many people have not been to church or read their Bible for so many years, they have essentially starved any spiritual appetite they may have ever had.  They don’t have any craving or desire to learn more of God or develop their relationship with Him.

An appetite for spiritual things could be created in a similar way to how we develop our craving for food.

“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.”   Isaiah 55:2

When reading a passage of Scripture:

Chew on it.  Meditate on it, chew, think about it, process it, chew again.

Swallow it.  Take it in.  Let it settle into my mind and heart.  Pray about it.

Digest it.  Apply it to my life.  As it becomes a part of my life, submit to what it teaches.

As we go through this process, we begin to notice that we are hungry for more!  We feel hunger that only God’s Word can satisfy.

Every day I have an appetite for spending time with the Lord.  I would describe my daily hunger for my relationship with Him as the sweetest craving of all, which is satisfied every time I spend time in His precious Word!

 

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”   Jeremiah 29:13

 

Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people’s faith by sharing the truth of God’s Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret – Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

Comments

  1. Thank you. I needed this reminder.

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Linda, it really made me open my eyes to how I just listen to my appetites at times without thinking about how much control I really have over them!

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  3. So true and so necessary at this time of year. And then there’s shopping?!

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  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Linda, Ha ha! I was going to include that as an appetite. It sure is, especially this time of year!

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