"And my God will fully supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
I have a craving, and I want something that will satisfy me! At least one candy bar claims that it satisfies. So this is my theory: if one candy bar satisfies, then an entire box ought to make my day, right? Or so my craving says.
What do you crave?
Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies with a tall glass of milk?
A juicy steak with all the fixings? (Occasionally, cravings do exist beyond chocolate, you know!)
It is so natural to crave our favorite foods. God created us with physical hunger that needs sustenance and craves satisfaction. There is a hole in our stomachs that longs to be filled with what satisfies most. God provided every nutrient necessary to satisfy our physical needs, but He didn't stop there. He created fabulous flavors and vast varieties of foods for us to enjoy.
And women have clearly shown that chocolate satisfies us the most, haven't we? But what other craving do we have besides physical hunger?
What do we crave most in life?
Maybe we are hungry for love because we are lonely, or strength to overcome our many weaknesses. Perhaps we are craving peace because our world is full of strife, or comfort because we are anxious or afraid, dissatisfied or depressed.
In our daily walk in this sin-filled world, we often feel emotional and spiritual hurt and hunger.
God created us with spiritual hunger that needs sustenance and craves satisfaction. Sometimes we try to fill that hunger with things this world has to offer, but nothing truly satisfies.
Thanks be to God for His redemption in Christ's blood! In His rich mercy, He filled us with faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are saved. We are forgiven. Only Jesus satisfies our hunger for a Savior!
God's Word tells us how He satiates our other spiritual needs too. About our hunger for love, God says, "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1 John 3:1).
In our cravings for strength, "He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength" (Isaiah 40:29).
We long for peace, and Jesus says, "My peace I give to you" (John 14:27).
We hunger for comfort and learn we have a Father "who comforts us in all our affliction" (2 Corinthians 1:4).
He fills us and satisfies our every hunger and craving, every need as only He can. Living a chocolate life, we find satisfaction in Him!
Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Satisfy my every need according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus! In His name I pray. Amen.
From A Chocolate Life by Deb Burma © 2012 CPH. Reprinted with permission