God made us to crave. Now, before you think this is some sort of cruel joke by God, let me assure you that the object of our craving was never supposed to be food, sex, money, or chasing after significance.
Satan would always try to appeal to our physical cravings by presenting us counterfeits that would only give us temporary bliss and leave us empty afterwards. I’m saying these because I have experienced giving in to some of those counterfeits and I would never want to go back to those since I learned my lessons the hard way.
If we saturated ourselves in God’s truth, like what Jesus did: meditating on God’s Word day and night, always talking to the Father, we will be strong and wise enough to escape the vicious grip of temptation.
When we feel deprived and consumed with wanting unhealthy choices, we too can rely on the truth of God’s Word to help us.
With each of Satan’s temptations, Jesus quoted Scripture without hesitation to refute that temptation. Truth is powerful. The more saturated we are with truth, the more powerful we’ll be in resisting our temptations. And the more we’ll naturally direct our cravings where they should be directed — to the Author of all truth: God.
Matthew 4:1 – 10. Jesus was saturated with the Truth while He prayed and fasted so He was able to overcome temptations despite the cravings that his physical body feels.
Galatians 5:16-17. If we walk in the Spirit, our desires would be aligned to the right cravings and the Holy Spirit will help us overcome worldly cravings.
1 Corinthians 10:13. The verse that I would always run to whenever I am tempted or when in trouble.
…and there are many more truths in the Bible that could help you out.
So, are cravings a curse or a blessing? The answer to that depends on what we’re craving. And what we’re craving will always depend on whatever we’re consuming . . . either the object of our desire or God and His truth.