Are You Hungry?

I love to eat! I am especially fond of chocolate and just about any rich dessert. Here in America in our affluent culture, we have an abundance of food, and a great variety as well. Eating is not just a nutritious necessity but a downright pleasure. Recently, I read a story about a futuristic world where people received their sustenance from eating a “food tablet”.  Boring! I mean what’s the fun in swallowing a pill? Where’s the pleasure in that?

One day at school I was chatting with a couple of my associates and jokingly commented on how much I would suffer if God asked me to give up chocolate or coffee. This comment has come back to challenge me many times since that conversation. I said it in jest, but the kernel of truth that had prompted such a comment, convicted me. My appreciation for chocolate and coffee seemed out of balance with a holistic Spiritual life, not because it is wrong to love either of those foods, but because I began to see how these “comfort foods” were easily more enjoyable to me than the true comfort of God’s Word.

“Thy words were found and I did eat them…”God’s Word is referred to as food in more than one instance in the Bible. This analogy pushes me to ponder my own level of hunger. The Bible is our Spiritual nutrition. It keeps us from the trap of sin. In Psalm 19 the author cries out, “How can I know all the sins in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults!” Then in Psalms 119, the Psalmist proclaims, “I have hidden your word in my heart, so I won’t sin against you.” The antidote for a wicked sinful heart is God’s Word! The Bible is not only Spiritual nutrition is is the salve that heals our sin-sick heart!

Jeremiah went on to say, “…and thy words were unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!”  The Bible not only offers us the Spiritual nourishment we so desperately need, it is also meant to bring us delight! If I look on regular food as a delight, do I look on God’s Word in the same way? Do I find it to be “the joy and rejoicing of my heart”? Am I as eager for a chunk of God’s Word as I am for  a tasty dinner?

One thing I am finding out: the hunger I have for God’s Word grows the more I dig into it. It’s like any food that I like and partake of regularly. The habit and desire for that food grows. The habit of filling my heart and mind with God’s Word grows in me a desire for more and more of it.

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