Skittles, Sprees, Runts, you name the candy, I craved it. Pregnancy had a way of creating some very unhealthy cravings for me. I ate hard, sugared-up candy all the time! Due to the sugar, it’s no wonder my kids have always been so hyper, skittles run through their veins. Maybe you have never experienced pregnancy cravings, but I guarantee you have craved a big, juicy steak or Grandma’s pecan pie. It is crazy to me the lengths I have gone to satisfy a silly craving. It seems if we don’t fulfill it, the craving is determined to stick around FOR. E. VER. It must be satisfied.
Cravings, however lovely and tasty they may seem, scripture makes it clear that God, while He created us to crave, designed us to crave Him. He understood these other cravings would undoubtedly cause us heartache if we looked to them to fill us up.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Ps 84:1-2
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? Ps 42:2
These are just a couple of the many scriptures that speak about craving God. While it’s entirely His plan for us to crave other things, it happens to be those other desires, besides craving Him, that tend to cause heartache and emptiness rather than a feeling of fullness. Maybe you crave food to the point it has become your source of fulfillment. If you aren’t eating, you feel empty. Perhaps for you, it’s finances, your need for funds has become so valuable you are sacrificing your family or Sunday worship time to make another buck. You’ve grown dependent on money to fill you, and you feel broken if you aren’t thriving in your finances. Is it possible you crave another’s attention more than you desire the recognition of our loving, heavenly father? You spend all day, every day, making yourself known, only to be left feeling alone and empty. While we were undoubtedly created to crave, only the creator Himself indeed fills us. Pies, people, finances, etc. are lovely things to desire, but we cannot look to them to fill our hearts. God created a space inside each one of us, and only He can fill it. If that’s you today, if you have been craving things just to be left feeling empty and dry, Jesus invites you to come to the well, His well.
But whoever drinks from the water that I (Jesus) will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life. John 4:14