The next big thing, toy, song, gadget, date, food, etc. If it feels good do it. Isn’t that the motto of our post-post-modern day? The digital age is in full swing. I am guilty as charged! I find that I’m constantly looking for things to make me feel a certain way-food, a good read, the next best gadget, the euphoric buzz of a nice shot of dark roast. It’s the same kind of appetite that if left uncontrolled can turn beastly. That’s the same devil that drove me through the “heart like a hole hills” of drug addiction.
Appetite is not necessarily a bad thing, after all God gives to us “food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart” (Psalm 104:14,15). The problem comes when we let our appetites become our masters, rather than mastering our appetites. It essentially can become our idol-“whose God is their belly” (Philippians 3:19). We must be careful not to let our desire for things replace our desire for God. But isn’t that easy to say and hard to do? I have found even in the Christian life it is easy to long for a previous time when our hearts for burning brighter for God, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But what if we long for that more than drawing close to him now and doing the necessary steps for restoration to begin? We can in a sense, live so much in the past that we are no good for the present. I want to go to heights and depths of Christ that I have never been to before. I believe God has put in the heart of man a longing for eternity, a longing for Him, that only being in his full presence will bring. Therefore, let us long for that and look to that rather than the “leaks and garlics” of this world. Let us long for His presence with more desire than we long to live, knowing that nothing in this world can fulfill our deepest longing like Christ the Son, the Father, and His Holy Spirit can do. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).