I need coffee.
Every morning. Dark and black. Several cups…then I start my day.
Our bodies crave what we have taught to be important.
Our bodies crave nourishment, caffeine, maybe sugar. Whatever we have placed in our bodies over time we “teach” our bodies to crave it. Some foods and drinks we crave may not be the best for healthy growth. But we crave it anyway. After it is eaten we feel like it was a bad choice but we were unable to resist the cravings.
Changing what you crave is WAR
If we are convinced to become healthier, we must confront the cravings about this new goal. It is WAR. Ever been on a diet? Maybe you are one of those who can eat anything without gaining weight. ( I am repenting of jealousy right now. )
Changing a craving is war! Our bodies want what it wants. It is not a fair fight. The cravings are like a huge elephant and our desire to change it is like us riding the huge elephant trying to guide it. It takes time and patience to train the cravings (elephant) to accept something new.
What does your soul crave?
In reality, your soul hungers for hope and peace. However, for many we have taught our souls we can find hope and peace through sugary and exciting substitutes through entertainment, emails, texts, news, social media, other people’s lives. This covers for a while the real carving of our souls for “heaven’s manna”, food from God’s word and His presence.
Craving God’s Word and Talking to Christ.
I need coffee in the morning. I also need God’s word and prayer time. I crave both. Coffee stimulates my body, God’s Word and prayer stimulates my spirit and His word challenges me and glorifies Christ.
If you want more of God in your life and Holy Spirit direction you may need to deal with your cravings. It will be a battle to change the direction of your craving. It will take time and focused effort. But it will become a great craving as you experience Truth and Fellowship with Christ. There are many tools to help. I use YouVersion and a prayer guide.
Don’t let your soul live on sugary input.
Decide to teach your soul to crave the truth and power of God’s Word. Let it work on your heart and life. Allow time with Christ to give you strength, comfort, and direction as you feel the presence of God with you. Consider the following verses:
Psalms 5:3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalms 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
What are your cravings? Turn them toward God and your lightnside will glow brightly as you feed your craving for God.