Just to give a small background-in March of 07 I was heavy, out of shape and depressed, seriously. For two years I ate like a champion, worked out and became an athlete. Of all my loves “before”, pie, cake and anything laden with sugar baked fruit had a dreadful future: eaten. Until about a month or so ago, I had not even eaten any pie in almost two years but when I had, it was minimal and scarce. So on Thanksgiving day this year I decided to indulge in some good old apple pie. The first bite was phenomenal, just more than I could stand. Bite after bite did not feed my desire but rather grew my desire. In the end, I had eaten all but one piece of the pie; life was good.
That may seem strange that I would dialog about a pie eating binge, however, I have discovered that my desire for pie is a great metaphor for spiritual desire. For the average person, eating a pie would seem odd. As for the “average” Christian, staying in the bible seems to be odd. Why is it so far removed from our lives as believers that we don’t even desire to eat what is truly food. I mean, when we crave food, we eat it and we drive to get it and we’ll pay good money for it to taste good and fill our stomachs. How absurd that we fill our flesh but do not desire to fill our souls.
When someone is given the ability to see God for who He really is through His word, that person is given a taste of fascinating glory and magnificent righteousness that is breath taking. It’s like me and that pie, I had to eat it, there was no other choice because as long as the pie sat on the counter I would be distracted, thinking, looking, tasting and wondering if someone else was going to get to it first. When we are given life out of death in Christ alone, we should desire Him that way. The good news? Jesus is enough for all the church to feast and he is never going to be exhausted.
So, the end of my rant is here. Do you desire the word of God? Do you desire His magnificence, His all encompassing worth and His righteousness? Does the very thought of getting into the scriptures get your heart beating and your mind craving more time to worship and adore Him? If not, then it may mean one of two things: first, it might mean that you are blind spiritually and you do not see the value of God and His glory. Second, it could mean that you are just so cold in your relationship with Him that you have forgotten Him like the church of Ephesus in Rev 2 and that you need to see a glimpse of His glory once more so that you will remember from the heights from which you have fallen.
Jesus is the most precious and valuable person in the universe and those who know Him and hear his voice get overly amazed at the thought of Him speaking. He speaks through the pages of scripture where He has preserved His manifestation to us until the time He returns. Get into the word and get away from the world. There are some who claim Christ who no more want to read the word or sit and hear someone preach that have a tooth pulled yet that same person will break his neck and take off work to fish, hunt, play games, or get away for the weekend.
Desire and cravings are either for the world or for the Christ – there is no middle ground.