Due to my love of ice cream, I often joke and say I have a body by Braums. I have a particular fondness for their yummy Rocky Road. Because I have trouble controlling my ice cream cravings, I keep very little of it at home.
My craving for ice cream is not hunger related. There are many times that I feel hungry, but I have never felt the pangs of starvation. The hunger I feel is directly connected to the fist sized part of my body that I call my stomach.
Even though the average stomach is just the size of an adult’s clenched fist, it has an above average capacity to influence the behavior of the rest of the body. When a person is really hungry, he wants to eat his food. When a person is starving he may even riot or steal to get food.
When we look at the ministry of Jesus, we find several cases in which he fed the people. One of the more remarkable stories is when He used the bread and fish of the small boy to feed many people.
A key point of this story is that Jesus did not take the bread from the small boy, but the lad gave what he had to Jesus. Even though the little guy had very little himself, he had a craving. His craving was to help others who were hungry.
This young boy gave a swift kick to the can of logic, and showed his faith through his actions. He craved the will of God, and he did what he could do. And God, I think He smiled.
Then, there is you and me. What about us? Will we allow our lives to be controlled by the desires of our belly? Let’s learn from the lad and crave the presence and will of God for our lives.