Today we are sharing our thoughts on Chapter 2 of Made to Crave. If you wrote a post, will you link up below so that we may encourage one another in our journey?
When it comes to diet and health, I am an “I’ll do it later” kind of person.
“And the cycle I’ve come to hate and feel powerless to stop continues. Who can I talk to about this? If I admit my struggle with food to my friends, they might try to hold me accountable the next time we go out. And what if I’m not in the mood to be questioned about my nachos con queso with extra sour cream? I’ll just tell them I’m starting on Monday, and they’ll be fine with it.” – Made to Crave.
Sound familiar? I will never gain any ground If I am always looking for tomorrow. The bottom line is that I must not want it badly enough. But I do. Or at least I think I do. It takes work, this dieting and getting healthy. And can I be honest with you? I began this journey last week and I am still telling myself “I’ll do it tomorrow”. This week I am having to take a long, hard look at some of the reasons why I’ve been putting off getting healthy:
- Sin. I want to eat what a I want, when I want it. I don’t want to give up the foods I love.
- Laziness. It’s too hard to eat healthy.
- Procrastination. There’s always tomorrow.
- Fear. What if I lose the weight and gain it all back?
Food has become my friend. It is not simply fuel for my body, but it has become a huge part of me. Almost every meeting I attend revolves around food. And if I am dieting at the time, all bets are off. I have not the strength nor the determination to continue to eat my apple and light string cheese when everyone else is scarfing down pizza or burgers. “I’ll give myself a free day and begin again tomorrow”. But you see, I’ve been looking for tomorrow for so long now. Will it ever come?
“Is it possible that I love and rely on food more than I love and rely on God?” What? How could I possibly love food more than God? I give food free rain in my heart. The freedom to bring comfort, to celebrate, to bring fulfillment. Yet, I don’t invite God into this place in my heart, where the cravings are so deep. You see, there is a void deep in my heart that yearns to be filled. Not with food, nor with the praises of man, or by the love of others. It longs to be filled by God. I was made to crave Him! But food has always been such a comfort to me. And when I am upset or feeling unfulfilled, it comes and satisfies. But I no sooner get filled up, then I find myself empty again. This temporary fulfillment is not a substitute for the eternal fulfillment that God longs to bring.
Do you think God cares about food and our consumption of it? I would say yes, He does. God never intended for us to desire anything more than we desire Him. The Israelites never reached the promised land because they wanted food more than they wanted God.
“They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.” (Psalm 78:18).
I have to admit, this scripture hit me square in the face. And this is what spoke to me the loudest this week. My flesh cries out to be filled, and it accepts the temporary fulfillment of food. Yet, I am left longing, left wanting, left craving. God is the only One who will ever satisfy me.
How about you? How are you doing in your journey to health and wholeness? Do you rely on food more than you rely on God? Let’s invite Him into this place together. Today, my tomorrow has finally come. I am ready. Are you?
Be sure to visit Venessa’s blog to read her post and leave her some encouragement as well.