Gluttony & Satisfaction

When we hear the word “gluttony,” we typically picture something like this–Homer Simpson passed out on a pile of donuts, Duff beer, Krusty fries, and hoagies. We think gluttony is about our desire to down a half-pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Or perhaps we think that gluttony is mindlessly downing a whole bag of Doritos on the couch while we watch the Seahawks play. While gluttony’s immediate connotation is food and drink, gluttony is more far-reaching than just food and drink. Gluttony is the soul’s addiction to excess. What’s behind our addiction to excess is a soul-penetrating, life-changing question: “Where is my satisfaction?” 

How we pursue the answer to this question shapes everything in our lives. Sunday’s message on “Gluttony” in our Respectable Sins series addressed this core question. Gluttony not only includes our overeating but also our insatiable appetite for more clothes, technology, experiences, hobbies…whatever occupies the center of our affections and imagination. The cure to gluttony is not suppressing our cravings, desires, and appetites. It’s redirecting those cravings, desires, and appetites to Something more—to that which can satisfy and fulfill the deepest cravings, desires, and appetites.

This is what the psalmist Asaph is getting at in Psalm 73:25-26:

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I want to challenge you to memorize and meditate upon this passage. As you do so, evaluate your life right now. What do you desire above all else? Where do you go to find your satisfaction? Where are those appetites and cravings ultimately directed? As the 17th century Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.”

May you see & savor Jesus above all else!

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