Every deep-waters kind of girl is always ready to dive right into feelings. So here I am wondering the spiritual condition of my heart — something I usually love to do— honestly — I really don’t want to end up in Hell. Suddenly my tummy starts to signal — Hunger ( around 11:26pm). I went back to bed after the disappointment of not finding anything to eat, then I remembered — I have chocolate.
I love chocolate! I am only using “love” for want of a better word to describe the kind of bond chocolate and I share, yes it is that deep (hey……….don’t….please don’t judge me). Just about taking my first bite — “feed off my word” HUH!? This is definitely not from the Holy Spirit I told myself. I might as well get down to business with this chocolate — resounding in my head again “feed off my word” Sigh… can I just enjoy this already? “feed off my word” this time around the whisper was so audible I dropped the chocolate — following the navigation of my eyes, I traced my bible to the right-side of my bed.
The Webster Dictionary defines “hunger” as feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food ( being so hungry that the lack of food causes anger or frustration feeling hunger). Spot on, right? Can you remember a time you were so hungry you yelled at someone you love, rolled your eyes at your parent or spouse, used harsh words to that errand guy/girl or thought mean things toward someone at work? Your need for sustenance can really turn your happy into anger.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)
We can become hungry on a spiritual level too. Our hearts will long for the kind of nourishment only God can provide, and we’ll struggle to navigate life’s ups and downs until our spiritual hunger is tamed. As we read in Matthew 5:6, Jesus reminds us, God will not only bless us for feeling hungry for Him, but He will also satisfy that need to the fullest. My personal experience put me to bed without remembering the hunger.
I once read that hankering for a taste of the Holy Spirit was better than feasting on our favorite foods. (Honestly, it’s hard to imagine anything yummier than cubes of cadbury chocolate with caramel in between…..please don’t judge me).
But over and over again, God reminds me He will satisfy and fill me up even more and even better than anything the world can offer. “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” (Psalm 107:9)
Even though physical food can satisfy our tummies, the only way to tame our souls is to feast on God’s Word.
You and I were created to hunger after God more than anything the world offers. It’s an uncommon choice — an ability God baked into the heart of every believer. But it’s an intentional decision we must choose daily. It literally means that when bad news comes, we get on our knees and pray. We take our pain and fear to Him first. We put God at the top of our to-do lists, not the bottom. It means we don’t treat Him like leftovers, something we reluctantly grab when nothing else satisfies.
Relying on anything other than God to feed our souls will keep us in an ordinary, basically a common relationship with Him. Instead of embracing His power, strength and wisdom, we settle for the world’s morsels. Unless we choose to feast on God’s promises, we’ll spiritually starve ourselves.
Having an uncommon hunger for God is something we have to cultivate. It’s something we can ask Him to give us. Let’s want God more than anyone or anything. And let’s live in such a way that others see the Father because of it. Yes, I am giving us all cheer-on to be that crazy Jesus-girl.
Because when we do, we’re choosing to be an uncommon woman — unique and authentic. And who knows the person sitting next to you might get their appetites stirred up, just from watching you feed off God’s word. Mind you, the world needs our lives to shine God’s hope, now more than ever. I am so excited to inform you that I haven’t had chocolate in the last 5 months.
Dear Lord, help me want You above anything else. It’s so easy to get “hungry” for the wrong things and look to the world to satisfy my needs or heal my heart. But in doing so, I’m forgetting that You are my provider. You are ready and willing and able to be my all. Help me choose You! I don’t want to live a common life; I want to thrive as an uncommon woman. Forget the world. I want You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Holy Spirit is ever ready to come in and fellowship with you, all you need to do is let Him in — He’s been knocking this entire time! (Read Revelation 3:20)