appetites

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (1 John 2:15-16, NLT)

Yesterday we explored going for soul food as opposed to the junk food we tend to crave. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving comfort foods as the weather turned cooler. I start out each day well enough, but by the time I get to the evening, I can’t keep out of the goodies. I want to eat everything in sight, and believe me, I go looking.

As we read today’s verses, John warns us against the cravings that cause us to want to ravage everything we see. Seeking to feed our ravenous appetites can get us into serious trouble. John suggests we get our fill of God — the best soul food — to quench the cravings of junk food that beckon us to come for more.

Jesus taught, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35, NLT). That message obviously resonated with John who later warned against feeding our cravings. If you’re struggling with an appetite right now, turn it over to God. He wants to fill you in ways that won’t leave you feeling empty, and nourish you throughout eternity. Will you let Him?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. I recognize my cravings for things of this world only leave me empty and hungering for more. I surrender my appetite to you and seek your nourishing fulfillment. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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