The honey badger is a tenacious small carnivore that has a reputation for being, pound for pound, Africa’s most fearless animal despite its small size. It is even listed as the “most fearless animal in the world” in the Guinness Book of Records.
I am a little addicted to shows about these kind of animals on the National Geographic Wild Channel. The other night the episode concerning the honey-badger was very intriguing. I couldn’t get over his fierce aggression against snakes, jackals and honeybees. His obsession with honey was particularly interesting.
The honey badger has such a strong craving for honey that he disregards the thousands of bees protecting the hive and dives right into eating. In spite of being stung over and over, the honey badger eats until his craving is met. They have been found dead at the hive because they refused to quit eating and walk away. The taste and craving of honey literally killed them.
With that in mind, I thought about my own cravings and desires. Some of them are healthy and some of them not so much. And I am not just talking about food cravings. I am working hard to identify the things that may seem so pleasant and tasty to me yet they may also be destroying me. I cannot allow my cravings to blind me and cause me to be deceived. Especially if my life, both physical and spiritual is at stake.
1 Corinthians 6:12 says You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.
I refuse to settle for the things of this world. My life belongs to Christ and He alone is my Master.
I wouldn’t mind being super tough and fearless like the honey-badger but I pray I never let my cravings lead me to making decisions that will cost me everything. And I pray the same for you.