Hunger For God & Spiritual “Eating Disorders”
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6
A while ago, I was looking for one of those bags, to carry my Bible in, that can also fit in a couple of pens, highlighters and notebook. I couldn’t seem to find one that was just the right size for my thick study Bible.
I had popped into one of those great shops we have here, that all fall under the general name “Pound Shop”, to get some household cleaning stuff. As I hurried down one of the isles, I saw, hanging from one of the shelves, a row of what they had called “lunch bags”. Small, black hessian bags, with the word ‘Hungry’ written across it in bold white letters, and underneath, the dictionary definition of the word.
And I thought, never mind “lunch bag”, this is the perfect bible bag! I was immediately reminded of Jesus, saying to the Devil “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”
There is nothing and no one in this world that can ever satisfy our souls the way God can. We were created to hunger after Him, and when we choose to come to Him He promises to satisfy our hunger in a way that is deep and lasting.
The ‘fast food’ that the world offers might satisfy hunger pangs momentarily, but before we know it, we find ourselves hungry again. And all the while, The Lord invites us to come to Him and be satisfied.
Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
A Spiritual ‘Eating Disorder’
Looking to anything other than God to feed our souls will keep us in a ‘nominal’, ordinary relationship with Him. Sometimes we unwittingly and unnecessarily starve ourselves spiritually, while thinking we’re running after God.
God invites me, personally to His banqueting table – He prepares a table for me, in the presence of my enemies – (Psalm 23)
This doesn’t speak of being satisfied with scraps. Yet we run after the latest book, the latest ‘Christian movie’, the ‘top’ preachers on the internet; trying to satisfy our hungry souls with the left-overs from someone else’s feast.
While all of those things; the books, the sermons, aren’t ‘bad’, we need to remember that they were birthed from someone else’s time spent with God, and are only meant to be a little“side order” next to your own feast.
No book, however well written, can satisfy the deepest longings of your soul. Only the Living Word of God can do that.
Psalm 81:10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Psalm 107:9, “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.”
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
It is our Father God’s delight to satisfy His children with everything we need! He creates a hunger in us for Himself and He alone can – and will, satisfy that hunger when it’s Him we look to.
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