Cravings

Humans crave things – love, sex, food, money, approval from others.

But most people today don’t realize that there is within them an inborn craving for God.

Augustine, the great Christian North African bishop and writer, recognized this long ago.

Writing in the fourth century A.D., he said: “You (God) have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”

For me, this explains a lot of my restlessness – even dissatisfaction.  And it explains a lot of the problems in the world around us.

A growing number of Christian writers and thinkers are exploring this thought.

In effect, they say, we are looking for our ultimate satisfaction in the wrong places.

We are looking to other people or things to satisfy our cravings.  And Satan encourages this, knowing that this pursuit is ultimately fruitless.   And, at the same time, it keeps us from turning to God to find our satisfaction and rest.

Mike Bickle declares in his book Passion for Jesus that God has placed seven cravings in our hearts including longing:

  • For the asssurance that we are enjoyed by God;
  • To be fascinated;
  • For beauty;
  • To be great;
  • For intimacy without shame;
  • To be wholehearted and passionate; and
  • To make a deep and lasting impact.

“These longings are actually expressions of his image.  We feel delight because he feels delight.  We experience joy because he is joy.  Our longings are fulfilled in experiencing who he is and in walking out who he created us to become in his image.”

Paul David Tripp, author, pastor and Christian counsellor, says that even Christians expect perfection from their wives and husbands and complete happiness in their jobs and activities.

But he says in his book Forever that our full satisfaction only comes from God.  We are being shaped into his image in this life and trained for an eternity of joy with God.

King David had his cravings just as we do.  Sometimes, he sought his satisfaction in the wrong places as he did when he pursued Bathsheba, another man’s wife.

But his greatest passion was for God.  When the prophet Nathan pointed out his wrongdoing in stealing Bathsheba from her husband, he admitted his sin and turned back to God.

One of my favourite of David’s psalms is Psalm 27 where he writes:

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

David knew where his heart would find rest.

May I always remember this when I am restless.

 

 

 

 

 

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