TAMING OUR CRAVINGS
Finding Satisfaction in God
“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,” Jesus says in Luke 12:15. However, why do so many of us place our self-worth in the type of car we drive or the type of house we live in? Why do we feel more important when we have the most recent gadget in our hands? Why do we feel secure having a certain amount of money in our bank account? We frequently act as if our sense of self is dependent on the things we own. We must, however, learn to find satisfaction in God rather than in our possessions.
Do You Trust God?
Putting our trust in God is evident in how we manage our finances and material possessions. We read in Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Why do you believe God promised us overflowing barns and overflowing vats? This is because God understands and respects our desires and cravings. God gave us the natural desire for satisfaction. It’s how we can enjoy the things He blesses us this.
God’s promise to fulfill our needs, longings, and desires is accompanied by a command. The fulfillment of the promise is not automatic. The prerequisite for this is to first honor God. This is consistent with Jesus’ command to seek God’s kingdom first, and everything else will be added to us.
Honoring God with our possessions results in God satisfying our longings and desires. If we refuse to use our wealth to honor God, we are acting greedily and using our worldly wealth to satisfy our cravings. We can honor God with our possessions in three ways: good stewardship, growth-orientedness, and purposefulness.
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