Have you ever gone fishing in hopes to catch the big one? Our family has done our fair share of fishing, coming from Alaska. In Alaska, the king salmon is one prize fish that everyone tries to catch. The king salmon only run at a certain time, once a year so there is a mad rush to catch the big one before they are gone. People are so crazy about catching king salmon, there are even fish derbies to determine who caught the biggest fish–which can weigh up to 100 pounds! People spend years trying to catch the big one and still never catch a king salmon. However, when a person catches a king salmon there is no going back, they are hooked.
No doubt fishing in Alaska is one of the most amazing experiences a person will ever have–there is a joy and art to it. However, fishing for the big king salmon makes me think how we go out to lure and hook the big fish, but eventually the desire to catch the big one, lures and hooks us if we’re not careful.
Have you been there before–caught in the trap of chasing more?
I am painfully aware and convicted of how many times in life I’ve been a victim of chasing my own desires to find fulfillment and satisfaction–only to be left weary, disappointed and depleted.
In life there becomes a healthy balance of chasing our own desires versus God’s desires to find some sort of satisfaction and fulfillment. Sometimes we can get caught up in chasing our dreams for the big one, whatever that may be–a bigger house, better job, nicer car or more money. Then somehow, someway we get stuck in a place where we don’t want to be, missing out on all of God’s greatest blessings along the way.
Trying to catch the big one makes me think of the Israelites.
Graves of Craving Numbers 11:4-34
Moses, the leader of the Israelites, had been leading them through the desert for about 40 years to take them to The Promised Land. In this time of wandering, God was teaching them how to rely and depend on Him for all their needs. God had provided the Israelites with shelter, water and a bread-like substance called manna. After while the Israelites became dissatisfied with God’s provisions. They were tired of wandering around the hot desert and eating the same old thing every day. They whined and complained and desired something more. They asked Moses if they could have some meat. The Lord honored their request and sent quail, not just for one day but for a whole month!
There was so much quail meat, that each Israelite had an equivalent to 10 homers which is 100 bushels or a little over 22 barrels of meat. Their indulgence and engorgement infuriated God.
“While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague. So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy” Numbers 11:33-34.
In our lives, there is a fine line between being content with what we have and being greedy. In the case of the Israelites, their greediness for more left them unsatisfied and became the death of them. In fact, their greediness dug their own grave.
God used the Israelites greediness as an example for generations to come. The place of their overindulgence was located in the desert and named Kibroth-Hattaavah, which means graves of craving, desire and/or greed. Their greed and burning desire actually dug their own graves. It’s not wrong to crave worldly things but our cravings become a sin when our worldly desires become greater than God.
“Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death never satisfied” (Habakkuk 2:5 NIV).Click To Tweet
Satan would like nothing more than for us to believe, overindulging in our desires will bring us fulfillment and satisfaction—when in reality our self-fulfillment will only lead to emptiness and temporary satisfaction. There will always be another desire to fulfill.
When is enough ever enough?When we reside in what God desires, we will never desire more of what the world wants and be eternally satisfied.Click To Tweet
How do we stay out of the Grave of Craving?
- Trusting in Him. Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding.” Trusting in the Lord for His provision keeps us straight on our paths, so Satan can’t lure us away. Keep taking those steps of faith, God will always lead you in the right direction and firmly secure your feet on the straight path.
- Being content. Philippians 4:11-13 NIV, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Being content with God’s provision and trusting it is enough, will provide us with more than we ever need.
- Prayer and Thanksgiving. Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
- Allowing God’s desires to be our desires. Psalm 37:4 NASB, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” When we allow God’s desires to be our desires we will always be eternally satisfied.
- Staying alert and aware. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Keeping our eyes and focus on God will keep us out of the grave.
Our steps of faith will keep us out of the grave. Jesus came so we could have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). He didn’t die on the cross and stay in the grave, he resurrected from the grave so that we could live an eternal life with Him be filled with His abundant blessings. We aren’t meant to live in the grave but be resurrected with Jesus to live a life with eternal fulfillment and satisfaction.
God can handle our circumstances and turn them into something so much better and greater. Getting out of the grave of our circumstances will be hard, but I promise you, dear friend, God will hold your hand and never let go.
Have you been a victim to Satan’s sneaky tactics and not even know it?
Have you ever been stuck in the grave with your circumstances?
How has God led you out of the grave?
We were never meant to live in the grave with our circumstances but in the Victory of Jesus! You were made to be victorious! God’s love and grace are transformational. We become victorious when His Word is alive and active in our lives! Please let me know if you have any questions! You are loved!
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