Lysa Terkeurst in her Made to Crave Devotional says this is what Jesus is really asking the rich young ruler in the old Bible story. You know the one. The guy comes to Jesus and asks what he needs to do to be saved. Jesus doesn’t withhold punches. He goes for the one thing the guy wants more than a relationship with God.
Do you feel as convicted as I do?
It was money for the rich guy. Not for me. But there are plenty of other things that push out my desire for God and scream for attention.
Lysa writes, “God made us capable of craving so that we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them.”
Gotta stop there and pray: “Jesus, I want You most of all. Please open my eyes to the places I have misguided cravings. Please use those epiphanies to call me to Yourself. Help me to look to YOU, not to whatever it is I think I want, whether it’s that brownie, those french fries, or a whole myriad of other stuff not related to food.”
Pausing to pray that prayer for you, too.
So I’m asking . . . what are misguided cravings in your life?
I’ll keep it real here by sharing mine:
-my kids’ happiness
-a flat tummy
-chocolate covered raisins
-my own car that I don’t have to share and that purrs like a kitten
I don’t think anything on the list above is a problem if kept in perspective, but when I want a book contract so much I can’t be happy without it, and when it consumes my thoughts instead of Jesus, it’s a misguided craving.
Or when I reach for food when I’m stressed or sad instead of turning to God–misguided again.
When I long so much to be done with financial stress or get so angry about driving a car without a working heater (welcome to my winter) that I’m angry at God, I’m saying security, comfort, ease of life is more important to me than my relationship with Him.
Or what about relationships? I pray often that those important in my life will stay in proper positions. As much as I love my kids and my husband and even my friends, when I look to them for what only Jesus can give, that’s a misguided craving. (And puts too much pressure on the relationship, swinging it out of balance.)
Ouch. Pausing right now to talk with Him about all that.
How about you? Got any business you need to do with God?
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