Real Hunger cannot be satisfied with a snack. Hunger stems from a desire to live and not die, and searches for a means to do that. “The Hunger Games” portrays a brutal picture of what a man will do to live, to no longer be hungry.
Rarely have I felt the gnawing pain of hunger. I have known cravings, but those aren’t intended to fill my belly, they fill my soul. Late night Krispy Kreme runs to the other side of town evidence the power of a craving. But death does not come from a craving unfulfilled.
The Bible claims “A worker’s appetite works for him because his hunger urges him on.” (Proverbs 16:26 HCSB) We give away our time and energy because we want to eat. We want to live and not die.
So it’s interesting that God tells us to “hunger and thirst for His righteousness.” (Mt 5:6) He is suggesting that we will die if we do not eat of the righteousness of God. We should be starving for it.
Just how hungry am I? “Starving to death?” What will I do to satisfy this churning emptiness in my spirit? Am I just filling up with snacks that have no profit to my soul? A smackeral of Jesus cannot nourish me; that’s just empty spirit calories with no sustaining power. Can I ‘play church’ forever and have what it takes to bring the Light into a dark world? “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 HCSB)
I pray for a holy HUNGER TO DO WHAT IT TAKES to FULLY LIVE by feasting on His righteousness in His Word. That we would be filled up with the Bread of Life that came down from Heaven.
It’s not snack time, it’s dinner time. The bell is ringing, dig in.
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6 HCSB). For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalms 107:9 NLT). Ill-gotten gains do not profit anyone, but righteousness rescues from death. The Lord will not let the righteous go hungry, but He denies the wicked what they crave. (Proverbs 10:2-3 HCSB)