Aug 17, 2011
Do you ever get a craving for something? Have you ever found yourself sitting in class, or at work and you begin to crave a pizza, latte, burger, coke or ice cream? We all know what it’s like to have a craving for something. Our bodies are meant to crave things. When we get hungry our bodies crave food. When we get cold our bodies crave warmth. When we get lonely we crave attention. Cravings hang around until they are eventually satisfied by something. Maybe we eat something we’ve been craving, or do something we’ve been wanting to do, and for a moment the desire goes away. We can crave many things…food, success, money, love, God, truth, sin, happiness, fame, or whatever it may be. We can even satisfy those cravings for a time…yet they always come back. A “venti latte” can only satisfy us for so long.
So what will satisfy our deepest cravings? Cravings have a tendency to stay on the surface, but in reality they run very deep into our existence. Cravings lead us into our desires and it’s in our desires that we find out what we are really looking for. Desires are a deep longing for something. It is the “something” that we look for to satisfy us. We all desire to be fully satisfied in our life don’t we? We all desire to be loved, accepted, and fulfilled in our lives? These desires are real and they are important. Desire however can lead us either to God or away from God. Our desire to be loved can either lead us to understand Gods satisfying love or it can lead us to grab hold of something that will only temporarily suffice. When we try to satisfy our desires with things of the world that only fulfill us for a moment we are left empty again.
The reality is that nothing will satisfy our longings, cravings or desires like God. The “something” that we are looking for is God. God created us to desire him thus it is in a relationship with God that our desires are met. The longing we all have to know truth, freedom, love, and purpose can only be found in the God who created us to know him.