• Joey Turner

Gotta Have It!


Have you ever craved something? Boy, I have. When my family and I go on vacation we venture to a spot at Fernandina Beach in Florida. It is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy. On our first trip we were searching for a place to get nourishment and we found an awesome hamburger joint. The place is known as Tasty’s. They pride themselves on their beef being organic and once you take a bite of their hamburgers you will know the difference.

Now I realize when most mention the beach they would say a seafood restaurant is their favorite, but not in my case. Once you ordered a Bees Knees Burger you would quickly understand. The Bees Knees consists of two grilled patties, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, and it drips honey mustard from every side. I also ordered sweet potato fries which cascaded with “sugga butter”. If your mouth is not watering now… what is wrong with you?

From the first time I took a bite, until this past November, I craved Tasty’s. I ate there twice this past vacation and even now my taste buds long for one of their hamburgers. I crave the Bees Knees Burger. Now that I have you hungry, please don’t stop reading. However, I think I could drive to Fernandina to get one for lunch today.

Cravings. We all have had them. There may something you are craving today. A lot of times our cravings are detrimental to our health, but I want to go in a different direction. As I was driving to work I heard a brand new song by the Collingsworth family called, “Gotta Get to Jesus”. The chorus said, “I've gotta get to Jesus. Gotta get to Jesus. I know that He's the answer to my needs. Bring Him all my problems, Only He can solve them, Mend the broken pieces. Gotta get to Jesus.”

I hear a craving in those words. In Psalm 10, David is craving for God’s presence. He feels as though God has left him to suffer at the hands of his enemies and he is crying out for God’s mercy. How about us? Do we cry out because we crave the Master? David says, “O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble? The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.” David continually asks for the Lord to take care of those who cause wickedness to others.

However, I want to zero in on David’s craving for the Master. I asked myself this morning if I needed to get to Jesus. Do I realize that He has the answer to my needs, or am I trying to struggle through life trying to make things happen on my own? Here is one of those vulnerable moments: A lot of time I struggle on my own, trying to make it.

When my world is torn apart do I try to get to Him? I have learned over the past four years that people struggle with turning their hurts, habits, and hang-ups over to Jesus. They may lay something down, but they have all intentions of picking it back up again. In Matthew 9:19-22 a woman was desperate. It says, “So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”

When she came to Jesus, He healed her. She suffered for twelve years. Could she have gotten better earlier? I do not know that answer, but I do know we have a Healer today and He is waiting to hear from us. Do you crave Him? Honestly, do you desire to be close to Him today. Please, we need to stop saying we love Him, especially when we do not do anything to show we crave Him.

David closed Psalm 10 with this, “The Lord is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.” David cried out to the Lord because he craved His God. He knew he was in a desperate place in his life and he needed rescuing.

Do you need rescuing today? Do you need the Master today? Do you need to experience His love and healing today? If you do, I can guarantee you are in a desperate place. Desperation brings about a desire to change, and change will happen when we crave the Changer. Jesus Christ changes the hearts and lives of people who cry out to Him. Yes, today I crave a Tasty’s Bees Knees burger and sweet potato fries dripping with “sugga butter”, but I crave Him more. What’s your craving?


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