Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from the book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God by Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Fledhahn. Thank you to Zondervan for permission to post these book segments. Today's post begins Chapter One.
When I (Lysa) was a senior in high school, I was invited to a college party. I had a friend who'd graduated the year before me, and she became my favorite person in the world the day she invited me to her sorority party.
Cool doesn't even begin to describe what I felt as I and my pink jelly shoes made our way into that party. (Those were the "it" shoes of the day.) By the end of the night my friend and I were giggling over the attention given to us by two good-looking college boys. As the party died down, they invited us over to their place.
Part of me was so flattered that I wanted to go. A much bigger part of me didn't. I knew it wasn't good to get into a car with guys I didn't know--and I suspected they wanted to do more than just hang out and talk. But plans got made, and before I knew it we were getting into their car and driving away.
I was not a Christian at this point in my life. Not even close. And I certainly can't say I'd ever heard God speak to me, but in the midst of this situation, I did.
"This isn't you, Lysa. You were made for more than this."
Truth. A gift of truth, planted deep within me when God personally knit me together. Untied and presented at just the right time.
I wound up making an excuse for a quick exit and walked back to my car alone that night. I mentally beat myself up for acting like a young, immature high schooler who couldn't handle being a college party girl. But looking back, I want to stand up on a chair and clap, clap, clap for my little high-schooler self!
There were other times in my growing-up years, though, when I heard this truth loud and clear within the confines of my soul and, sadly, I refused to listen. These were the darkest years of my life. I wasn't made to live a life that dishonors the Lord.
No one is.
"You were made for more, Lysa, you were made for more."
So, what does it mean that we were made for more? It means we were made for more than to be stuck in defeating situations. We were made to live like Proverbs 3:5-6 challenges us: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Here's how The Message interprets Proverbs 3:5-12:
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.
Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline' don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father's delight is behind all this.
I broke these verses apart hoping you would notice the same thing I did. Once again, the Bible is addressing the three specific areas we're tackling in this book:
Emotional Desires: "Listen for God's voice." We must crave God's voice of truth over the shifting voices of friends and boys. People will accept us today and possibly reject us tomorrow. God accepts and loves those in relationship with Him today, tomorrow, and into eternity.
Here's the great verse to post on the top of your computer as a constant reminder of God's love for you: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nore demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-40).
We were made for more in our emotional desires. We were made to crave God's voice.
Physical Desires: Proverbs 3 continues; He's (God is) the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!" When we trust God to keep our physical desires in line with truth, we are more likely to make healthy choices for our body. For example, God made us to consume food; food was never meant to consume us.