Graves of Craving

Today's devotion from Numbers 11.

Several years ago, I began a journey to lose weight, or that's what I thought. Through that process God revealed that my real issue wasn't what the scale said, it was what my habit said about my heart. The following is a portion the original post. that resulted from a work God did in my life. I hope it touches you.

Numbers 11:4-6 reads, "4 Contemptible people among them had a strong craving for other food. The Israelites cried again and said, “Who will feed us meat? 5 We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. 6 But now our appetite is gone; there’s nothing to look at but this manna!”

So, let’s just reflect on this for a moment. God had saved them from bondage, overcome their enemies, initiated a relationship, revealed His name and ways, and is providing what the psalmist calls in Ps 78:25, “the bread of angels.” However, instead of being content in their newfound relationship with Him, they romanticized their enslavement. So God gave them what they wanted, and Numbers 11 records that horrific event.

One can’t help but to read this account and imagine how they greedily gorged themselves on the quail without the slightest tinge of gratitude. As such, God struck them. The place is named, Kibroth-hattaavah because this phrase means, “Graves of Craving.”

Through God’s teaching on this issue in my life, my prayer has changed. No longer do I just want to lose weight, but to lose dependence. I have begun to view my diet and exercise as an act of worship. I have repented of being discontent in God’s provision. I have sought forgiveness for enslaving my body through my sinful disobedience, and have asked God to help me see my life and body as a tool for His glorification and ministry instead of a toy for my amusement.

As I have gone through this transition, I have begun to see many things differently. So many of us have unhealthy desires and cravings that could lead to our graves. Christ died to set us free from these and to give us victory over all sins, including idolatrous cravings. I hope that as I have shared my story, God has helped you to recognize your own cravings and strengthened you to lay them at the feet of Jesus.

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