Cravings… we all have them right? Some of us are into chocolate, others of us apple pie, still others of us are coffee people. Some of us are not so nice before we have our “fix.” My sweet tooth gets me in a lot of trouble. For me, there’s nothing quite like a big glass of ice cold milk with a warm, chewy, chocolate chip cookie.
One of the things I’ve learned about “cravings” is the power they have to drive our lives. Believe it or not, these hidden hungers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the side effects are felt in various areas of life. For many people, their craving for “cool” drives them to consume the latest technology or fashion. For others, the craving for financial independence and superiority leads to millions of dollars won and lost on Wall Street. Thousands of men and women are incarcerated each year because their craving for drugs and alcohol spilled over into criminal behavior.
Perhaps our desire to satisfy a craving is not the only power that drives us. The other side of the desire to satisfy a craving is the emptiness that we oftentimes feel when a craving lets us down. My wife and I had a date night not too long ago. I stopped by the Red Box to pick up The Green Hornet. I’m a big action – adventure movie lover… especially if they’re remakes of some of my favorite comic book heroes. Well, let me tell you, The Green Hornet was a major let down. Poor plot, even poorer acting. The only thing good about the movie was the car.
It’s a horrible thing to feel let down… to try and satisfy a craving only to feel more empty than before. This seems to be a constant state of many people in our world today. They’re drinking from shallow pools that have no ability to quench their thirst. They’re consuming food that will never satisfy. This is the bad news… but praise be to God there is good news!
John 6:35 shares with us, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Let me see if I can re-phrase that in 21st century language:
Only the Savior Satisfies
My son Brennan has high functioning Autism and one of the ways it impacts his life is in his eating habits. He’s very particular about what food he will eat. He has about 5 different foods he consumes on a regular basis. His bread has to be a specific kind and the sandwiches we make have to be cut a specific way. So what does this have to do with cravings and John 6:35?
I share this because I believe we need to be more “choosy” into terms of what we take into our lives in hopes of satisfying our cravings. These days we have a whole smorgasbord of options to choose from, but as I mentioned before:
Only the Savior Satisfies
Our Savior offers us a feast of grace in a relationship with him, but unfortunately we oftentimes seem content to be satisfied consuming the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of society and pop culture. Friends I can remind us of the obvious:
- Money will be gained and lost
- Cars will rust
- Homes will fall into disrepair
- Clothes will go out of style
- Technology will become outdated
- Trips and vacations will come and go
- The physique which we meticulously maintain will eventually “round” out
But the grace of God,which the Savior offers to us all, is much different. Our Creator knows the stuff of which will sustain the creation: forgiveness, acceptance, love, mercy and hope. That is the stuff a relationship with Jesus Christ produces. It is the grace of God poured into our lives that truly satisfies.
- The Bread of Life can change an i-generation into a godly generation.
- The Bread of Life can change a desire to be financially blessed to a desire to be a financial blessing.
- The Bread of Life can change criminal behavior into Christian behavior.
- The Bread of Life can change priorities, families, insecurities and worries.
- The Bread of Life can change the world.
I think that’s what God has in mind. Would you like your world to change? Remember… Only the Savior Satisfies