I now realize that it was not a mere coincidence that Amazon offered a free Kindle e-version of Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave (Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food) just a few days prior to my Church launching 21 days of prayer and fasting. Yes, I have fasted before, but I have never fully comprehended the reason as to why. Looking back, I see my heart was in the right place, but my mind was not.
Through my participation of the Daniel Fast, studying the disciple John, and reading Made to Crave, I am gaining insight and uncovering some truths that were masked by my desire for food and other cravings.
Here are a few nuggets that resonated with me from Made to Crave.
- Our taste buds crave many things to satisfy, but only persevering with God will make us truly full.
- Our soul longs to be filled. It is a longing that God instilled to draw us into deep intimacy with Him.
- If we fail to fill our souls with spiritual nourishment, we will forever be triggered to numb our longings with other temporary physical pleasures that will never satisfy.
Now, if that is not enough to make one think, in day 2 of my 21 day devotional, I was posed with the following question: “When was the last time we got so excited and consumed about our relationship with Jesus that we would rather not eat?”
Umm…I will refrain from sharing my answer. It’s best that I keep that between God and me.
So, how would you answer that question? Would you deprive yourself of food in order to gain a deeper relationship with Christ?
Arthur Wallis once said, “When man is willing to set aside the legitimate appetites of the body to concentrate on the work of praying, he is demonstrating that he means business, that he is seeking with all his heart, and will not let God go unless He answers.”
What are you craving today? Does it truly fulfill the cravings of the soul?