If you get a strong enough craving for something to eat, you’ll jump into your car in the middle of the night and head-off to the nearest convenient store. Whether the urge is for something sweet or savory, hot or cold, that itch has got to be scratched. But—how do you appease spiritual cravings when a quick run to the store won’t do it?
Natural food won’t satisfy a spiritual craving.
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
My morning routine is to spend time with God and acknowledge His presence throughout the day. I go to church on Sundays and I attend a weekly Bible study. All of that is good and fine, but I started craving for more of God. As time passed by, this feeling intensified. What is going on?
I asked God to send me someone who I could fellowship and pray with. I thought this extra spiritual nourishment on the side would certainly satisfy the craving that was pulling from within.
God answered that prayer, but not the way I thought He would. Instead of sending a person for me to fellowship with, He sent Himself. For about three months, God arranged my life where He could have large chucks of uninterrupted time with me. The best way I can describe it is: God had me in a one-on-one revival. I received revelation-after-revelation about my life as I read the Word and prayed.
Revival starts within.
The wisdom that was pouring in made me feel like a person who had eaten too much good food—too fast. At one point I said, “Wait…I need to let some of this digest.” But it kept pouring in. I knew this special experience was a set-up for a special purpose.
Over the three month period, the Lord put these thoughts into my spirit:
- I fed you a lot—fast. I wanted you to notice that something unusual was going on. I put a craving in you that only a supernatural encounter with Me could satisfy.
- This is a special time for you to draw closer to Me. Take advantage of it.
- I am imparting things in you that you don’t even realize.
So whenever you have an insatiable appetite for more of God, don’t ignore it, nor try to satisfy that craving with anything or anyone. When God draws you with that level of fervency, listen and do everything that He tells you to do. What is He desiring of you? God is up to something—getting you prepared for what’s in store.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Never ignore a soul-food craving!
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