Who hasn’t experienced the overwhelming desire to eat some­thing specific, whether it be chocolate, potato chips, a burger, or some other food? When we crave something we dig through every kitchen cabinet, drawer and cupboard, searching for the only thing that would satisfy us.  You know the feeling. We’ve all experienced cravings, but we should be careful about the way in which we satisfy them.

Is it possible to develop a craving for God's Word? Absolutely!!!

1 Peter 2:2 New International Version (NIV) says, "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." The New American Standard Version says: "long for the … word" (emphasis mine).

When you long for something you just gotta have it and will stop at nothing until to get it. If our cravings for Scripture were anything like our cravings for chocolate, pizza, potato chips, or some of the other foods we love we would just have to have it.

 When I was growing in my faith, I would wake up in the morning and not be able to focus on anything else until I'd spent time in God's Word.  I would spend time in the Word during my lunch break and as soon as I got home from work.  I just had to have it!

When I look back at the high points of my spiritual life—the times when I couldn't get enough of God's Word—and took note of the things I did that influenced my craving. Here are just a few of the things I discovered:

I found the most significant source of peace and comfort in God's Word.  No matter what I was facing, I could find peace and comfort reading and meditating on God’s Word.  At other times, I've turned to Scripture to find direction, wisdom, and encouragement.

I prayed and asked God to give me a desire for His Word.  During times reading and studying the Bible, I became alert for those inner promptings or impressions for the Holy Spirit leading and guiding, and giving me understanding of Scripture.  The Bible says, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

I would keep a spiritual journal. I took note of how various Scripture passages touched my heart, motivated me to change, or gave me insight into life's circumstances to keep it as a record and reminder of the truths the Spirit had spoken to me.

The Word of God is, indeed, alive and powerful. wordofgod

 “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Reflect: Read Hebrews 4:12. It is easy to take Scripture for granted; instead, consider this question afresh: Why is it meaningful to you that God communicates to his people—to you—through the written word?

 Pray: Spend time expressing gratitude to God for the gift of his Word.

 

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green