Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I'm craving eternity!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (GW) It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people’s minds. Yet, mortals still can’t grasp what God is doing from the beginning to the end of time.

Have you ever "craved" something? The craving was so intense yet, you couldn’t figure out what it was you were craving. Perhaps it’s a food craving? My husband and I go through this around mid-day when we’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do for dinner. Perhaps you have the same conversation with your spouse…it goes something like this:

 (your spouse calls you from the office)

Spouse: Hi hon. What were you planning on making for dinner tonight?

You: I’m not sure. What do you have a hankerin’ (craving) for?

Spouse: I don’t know…something. I just don’t want the same ol’ thing we have every week. We need something different.

You: Different. Ok like what?

Spouse: I don’t know. I just want something different.

So there it is. We both have a craving for something but have no clue how to “satisfy” that craving. Are we craving pasta, red meat, chicken, potato casserole, or perhaps something with loads of melted cheese? Some days we go round and round. Sometimes the cravings are satisfied and sometimes they’re not.

Maybe it’s not a dinner craving for you. Maybe you’ve gone through life craving something “more” and in your quest to fill the void you’ve fallen into gambling, shopping, alcohol or drug addiction, or worse still...an addiction to porn or infidelity. Maybe you go from relationship to relationship trying to find that “perfect” someone who fill your deepest longing.

The truth is we will never be satisfied this side of heaven because God has put “eternity in our minds.” Absolutely nothing on this earth, pleasure or pursuit, will ever truly satisfy our deepest craving. Why?

The answer is found in the very first chapter of Genesis. Genesis 1:26 (NCV) “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.” We were created in the image and likeness of God. Because of this, we have a spiritual thirst (craving). Nothing but an eternal God can satisfy this thirst.

A sense of eternity has been placed in our hearts. To enter into God’s perfect heaven we must confess our sin and recognize our need for a Savior. God wants all of us to spend eternity with Him. John 3:16 (GW) confirms this truth:

God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. [emphasis mine]

If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Savior, I encourage you to settle this issue in your heart today (see prayer below). Only Christ can satisfy our deepest craving.

God, I know you’ve given me a craving for eternity that only you can fill. I realize now that I’ve sinned and have not lived a life that pleases you. Will you forgive my sins and give me a fresh start today? Jesus I believe you died and paid the penalty for my sin so that I can live eternally with you. Come into my heart today and be Lord of my life. Thank you, Lord, for giving me new life in you. In the days ahead, help me to know and grow in you. I thank you in advance for things that you’re going to do in me and through me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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