Some of you may be familiar with the hamburger chain Checkers/Rally’s. They had a commercial a few years ago with the jingle “You gotta eat. What are you doing? You gotta eat. No matter who you think you are. You won’t get far, unless you eat!” Very catchy little tune. You may have never heard that little song, but you don’t need a song to tell you that you’re hungry. Maybe you skipped a meal or two one day for reasons only you know. Maybe a crash diet, maybe you were too busy, maybe you left your lunch at home. But you definitely know when your stomach is growling and your body is yearning for nutrition and energy. If you feel that way naturally, how do you think your spiritual man ever gets hungry?
Hunger is a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat. Wanting food is natural. Animals, plants, and people all want and need food to survive. Jesus, while on the earth, hungered. (Luke 4:2) When babies are hungry, they cry. When kids are hungry, they tell you exactly what they want…french fries! When you are hungry, you just get something to eat. We all have heard “You are what you eat.” That definitely applies to your spiritual diet. Romans 8:5 says “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” What is it that you are hungry for?
When your spirit is hungry, what do you do? Some pacify themselves with a song that has no spiritual meaning but it sounds nice. Others may call a friend to waste time. Others feed themselves the Word. Psalms 42:1 says “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” As a Christian, we should want God. It is natural for our spirit to be hungry for God. Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Have you eaten today?
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