When my oldest son was younger, he was alone in the house since his dad had gone to work. He became hungry and started looking for something in the cupboard but couldn’t find anything that he wanted to eat. So, he got creative and decided to call his grandfather to see if he could talk his Pa into bringing him something to eat. He picked up the phone, and when his grandfather got on the phone, he told him, “Pa, I am starving to death! If you don’t bring me something to eat soon, you’re going to read about me in the paper.” My son might have been a little dramatic in his statement since he was in no danger of starving to death. Lol! I have a friend who will say that he is “perishing” when he is hungry. That is actually more accurate, and I’ll show you what I mean.
How many of you eat meals regularly? Do you eat one time a day, twice, three times, or maybe even more? You are eating for a couple of reasons. Your body needs nourishment, you’re bored, you see someone else eating, and it looks good, or maybe because you’re stressed. I know that I will find myself looking in the refrigerator or cabinet for something to eat even though I am not hungry. It is something that I will find myself doing without even being aware of my actions. It is like I am trying to fill something inside me that is craving food.
All of this is talking about the earthly body and ways to maintain our health, but are you also feeding your spiritual needs? How many times a day do you go to the Lord in prayer, read your Bible, talk to others about the Lord, watch sermons or podcasts, or attend Church? (back in the good old days) What about weekly or monthly? If you fed your body the same amount as you fed your spirit, would you be perishing? Maybe your spirit is perishing too?
The Bible is FULL of references to us needing to be fed, and it is not the earthly body that is in need.
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
When our earthly body is hungry, we might feel our stomach rumble and feel the need to eat. We have a choice to make, we can either feed it healthy foods, or we can feed it junk food that will leave us craving more later. The same is true with our spiritual needs. We crave a relationship with God, but some of us don’t recognize the pains that we are feeling is “God” related.
We can be lonely even though we are surrounded by people. We can be hurting inside and not know how to make it stop. Way too often, we try to fill the loneliness with people who are not good for us. We are looking for someone to love us unconditionally, but they end up leaving or hurting us. When we are hurting, we try to dull the pain with alcohol or drugs. Those will only dull the pain for a short period, and in a lot of cases, they cause even more destruction and pain than was originally there. This type of behavior is just like someone eating junk food. It gives you momentary satisfaction but leaves you wanting more later.
1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I don’t know if you are hungry or perishing, but I am inviting you to the table. I am still a struggling believer, and I am sitting at the table waiting to be fed. There is a seat beside me, and I am inviting you to come and sit with me. I don’t want to be perishing, and I don’t want you to perish either.
I listen online to a Pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is energetic, somewhat crazy, and on fire for the Lord. His sermons are not short, so I get out a notebook and a Bible, and I listen for 30 minutes a day. Because I stop so much to look up passages and write down notes and verses, I usually only get 15-20 minutes of the sermon finished. So, one sermon will last me for almost a week. Next week is Easter, so I thought that I would share last year’s Easter video with all of you. Ironically, it is called the Thirst Trap.
Have A Blessed Day!