Going after God’s Best

“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. – Psalm 34:8 (MSG)

 

One of the helpful realities in resisting the temptation of gluttony is understanding the cravings we have as creatures. First, to know that they are in some sense good. Second to remember that at the end of the day only One will satisfy our hunger- God Himself. Let me just build it out a bit. When we enjoy food or drink, that isn’t evil or bad. In fact, we can and should enjoy these things to the glory of God. After all, He is the one who gave us taste and a million foods and drinks and flavors and textures to enjoy. And, unlike those who don’t know God whose pleasure ends in the consumption of the food, our pleasure as the people of God goes beyond the consumption and into thanks and praise for the Giver of all good gifts. So it isn’t that our love of chocolate is bad or that it’s evil to thoroughly enjoy steak, it’s that we cannot allow it to terminate there. We must take it beyond that, to the level of worshiping the Giver of the gift. Related is the overarching reality that our hearts long for more. Gluttony sells the lie that more food, drink or pleasure of some kind that will satisfy us. What is critical in the fight against gluttony is this reality coming home, we were made to crave in ever increasing quantity and quality a life-giving relationship with God. It isn’t the supersized value meal that is going to ‘hit the spot’ only One person can fill our void- God Himself. So let’s not fool about with drink and food when infinite joy is offered. Let’s lean into the One who alone satisfies!

 

Here are some further resources on gluttony that might aid your growth:

  • This is the article I referenced throughout the message on Sunday.

http://gentlereformation.com/2016/12/14/is-the-sin-of-gluttony-really-that-serious/

  • Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst is a great book on this topic. I know it is a “lady’s” Bible study, but when my wife was reading it, I found much of the material to be applicable to anyone, not just women.
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer is a great book about making God our desire. It is one of those, books I’ve re-read every so often as an inspiration to keep craving more of God.
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