It’s funny how our appetite can try to play funny stunts with us sometimes. The other day, I was being driven by my daddy’s driver to visit my elder brother and his family. I was pretty excited, it had been a while since I last saw them. On our way, the driver stopped briefly to buy roasted corn. He priced it and bought two, placing it near the gear, he started the car and continued the journey. I wasn’t so hungry but as the smell of the corn gradually ascended to my nose, I remembered how much I had missed eating ‘agbado’.
After about five minutes, he picked the corn and offered me one. “Dear Lord” I thought to myself, “this corn is looking so irresistible” but before my appetite could convince me to say yes, I quickly replied politely with a smile “No, thank you sir”. All through the rest of the trip, I felt so proud of myself even though the smell kept tormenting me.
I had a similar experience on my way back to school. It was my mum’s friend that was driving this time around. I sat with her in front while a friend of mine sat at the back. This mummy was very nice to us, she had offered to take us to school and bought soft drinks for us shortly after the journey commenced. Along the way, I dozed off but I knew she stopped the car to buy something. It was roasted corn again. I heard her say “Can’t it go for three 100 naira?” I thought to myself “yeah this is my reward for exercising self control the other time because now I’m definitely getting some of this sweet roasted corn” I had already calculated one corn per person. To my greatest surprise, we got to my school, she dropped me off and I didn’t get even one grain of corn. Before my korokoro eyes, she ate one and left the remaining two untouched.
Funny as these experiences might have been, they thought me a great lesson. It is the nature of man to always want something and crave for more even when we get that thing. Our appetite for things- food, rest, sex etc can control us if not properly put under subjection and the repercussion can be disastrous. That’s why Paul said in 1 Cor 9:27 ‘I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified‘ (HSB).
These untamed desires have caused men to commit terrible atrocities such as rape, murder, armed robbery and the list goes on. Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30 says in verse 15 ‘the leech has two daughters crying give give‘. He also goes on to say certain things are insatiable. But that is not an excuse to go about living under the control of our desires.
As believers, we understand from the scriptures that self control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit Gal 5:23. We must allow the Holy Spirit to do a complete and thorough work in us. If you don’t have God at the centre of your life, the best time to invite Him in is now. There are countless examples of people in the Bible that were destroyed due to untamed desires, the likes of Amman, Samson, Eli’s sons, Achan, Judas Iscariot etc.
In conclusion, Phil 4: 11b says ‘… for I have learnt to be content in whatever circumstance I am‘. We should emulate this too. For godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim 6:6). The fact that others may do a thing doesn’t mean God permits us to do such. His standard is an unchanging one and to meet it, we need to do away with that sin that so easily ensnares us and allow God to prune our excesses.
I’ll be expecting to see your comments. What are your thoughts about today’s post? Can you relate to it?