Made to Crave is a book written by Lysa Terkeurst. She is the President of Proverbs 31 ministries, renowned author, inspirational speaker, and bible teacher. From appearances, a woman who has it all together and clearly a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
Yet, even Lysa had a little secret. She struggled with food. Even she, a God loving, teaching, authoring woman had an issue with food. And she was brave enough to share her weight struggles in this book, Made to Crave. In her book, Lysa shares that she was able to find victory in so many areas in her life, but she never let God mess with her food. This was something she was unwilling to turn over to God.
For most of her life, she kept this issue hidden. Secret from the world. But one day she realized that she needed to take this issue to God and let him transform her.
On the journey of letting God mess with her food issues, she realized that there was a missing link in most diet books. Diet books address the "how to's" of healthy living. These books tell you to eat more vegetables, drink more water and exercise more. All good information, but she generally knew how to be a healthier individual. What was missing wasn't the information or knowledge on how to get healthier. What was missing was the "want to."
I have been on this food journey for years now. Yet, even as God has taken me on this journey over the past few years, my "want to" occasionally fades. Sometimes I don't feel like trusting God with my food either. Sometimes I just want to live without thinking about my food, defaulting back to my old habits.
This morning I found myself dwelling on the words of Hebrews 4:11-16. These verses captured my "want to." I felt inspired, encouraged and motivated to keep on this journey of craving God more than I crave food.
These verses reminded me that…
- God knows my struggles (nothing in all of creation is hidden from God's sight, v. 13)
- God doesn't leave me defeated in the struggle, he arms me for battle with the Word of God! (the word of God is living and active, shaper than any double-edged sword, penetrateing even the dividing soul and spirit, jounts and marrow, vs. 12)
- Thus, the Word of God can separate the food addiction from my physical body and my mind
- Jesus was victorious in this battle and he prepares the way for me to be victorious also (Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin, v 15)
- Jesus does not condemn me, he sympathizes with me (we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, v 15)
- Because of Jesus, I am invited to boldly enter the presence of God (let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, v 16)
- In my greatest time of need, I am offered grace and mercy, not a shameful scolding (we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need, v 16)
May these reminders from Hebrews 4 capture your "want to." Jesus knows you. Jesus feels your hurt. He knows your pain. He experienced your very temptation to death. His love and forgiveness are so great for you that he says, Come to me. With boldness and confidence, you can ask repeatedly for a new portion of grace and mercy. Grace and mercy are available to you every minute of every day. Through the power of God's truth, this food thing can be separated from you. You can be victorious. Jesus has prepared the way for you to experience freedom!
If your "want to" has waned, approach the throne with confidence, asking for another dose of desire to turn this food thing over to God. He is your help in time of need.