We all know that feeling of satisfaction we receive after eating food when we had been hungry when we feel renewed, energized and back in balance. The same applies for when we are hungry for the word of God brought to us by the Bible.
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2)
Just as babies rely on their mothers to feed them in order to survive we also need to take the word as our spiritual food to satisfy this hunger we have to know God with more intimacy. We can take the church to be our mother, it will care for us and provide with our food (the Bible through preaching) to help please our appetite. Attending church services alone will not always cover every aspect or answer all of the questions that you have, meaning that our hunger returns and we need another portion. We find this providence when we open our Bibles and see what God wants to say to us. This may be alone, with friends or in our discipleship groups. It is after this that we will feel well fed and ready to feed others with what we have learnt. However, as the rhythm of life dictates hunger will return, so it is important to have steps in place to ensure that you can stop your spiritual tummy from rumbling when you need to by listening closely to sermons and spending time studying the scriptures regularly.
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
We live today in a culture shaped by convenience. This also extends into our spiritual hunger. To continue my analogy, we can take short excerpts from the scriptures as fast food, such as a verse of the day or something similar from a Bible app or plan. Whilst these will help to suppress the hunger we feel, they will only sustain us for a short while. It is therefore vital that we make time to spend time with the Lord and feast on his word, making sure that you are reading and praying over the parts of the Bible that you are reading as it is this that is most nourishing and the best for our spiritual diet.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:2)
The truth is that God and his word are the best things for us. Just as we may crave junk food or have tastes for things that we know are not good in life, we can also be hungry for the things that will not serve a purpose for us are not intended for us. Matthew 7:15 warns:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
It is therefore important that we remain open to God and what he wants to tell us through his word and to remember that only the truth of God’s Word satisfies spiritual hunger and provides healthy food for the mind of a believer. Just as we would die physically without food and water, we will die spiritually without God’s word.
Eat well and be sustained by God’s Word,
Rhys J 🙂