I often crave sweets, especially chocolate. But the food cravings I had while pregnant were very different and no small thing. It was not pickles and ice cream, thankfully. It was citrus fruits and Mexican food. It would come on me suddenly and at odd hours. The sensation was strong and I have never felt anything quite like it since! I remember getting quite cranky just up to the point when those cravings were indulged. My poor husband was a good sport about it!
Today’s verse is speaking of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. The Lord had miraculously provided for their needs with manna from heaven. But they craved meat. They did not just crave it. They wailed saying, “If only we had meat to eat.” (Numbers 11:4) They were willful and even rebellious with their demands (verse 17). Their cravings went so far as to cause them to speak against God (verse 19) and doubt His power. “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?” How insulting to our Mighty God who had all along been showing His power in parting that Red Sea, and in guiding them with a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire. God responded with righteous anger.
Cravings are part of human nature and not necessarily wrong in themselves. But certainly when accompanied with a demanding rebellious attitude, they are not right. I am wrong if I crave something that puts into question God’s goodness and power. But one craving is always good, that of craving the “spiritual milk” of His Word (I Peter 2:2). I wish I craved it more than I do!
Lord, create in me a craving for Your Word today!