I did this devotional on YouVersion called, "Made to Crave: 21 Day Challenge", when I first started my weight loss journey last January, but I thought it would be good to do it again after a year of clarity.
On Day 2, the author draws a parallel between her food addiction and the rich young man who comes to see Jesus in Matthew 19.
She writes, " Jesus meant His comment for any of us who wallow in whatever abundance we have. I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man's soul and said, 'I want you to give up the one thing that you crave more than Me.'"
Wow! For so many years, I was that young man, who just could not fathom giving up unhealthy foods. I relied on comfort foods to ease my pain, my emotions and my fears. It doesn't work.
Great insight, but this is the paragraph that spoke to my soul.
She writes, " God made us capable of craving so that we'd have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only One capable of satisfying them."
Blaise Pascal so wisely said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
I have used all kinds of things to fill that vacuum...to no avail--food, work, busyness, relationships, you name it.
I will always enjoy good food, but I never want that bite of "whatever" to come before the One who truly is capable of healing and satisfying me.