Hunger can be a driving force, sometimes moving people to do desperate things. It can also be a powerful benefit if we hunger after God.
Whenever people are deprived of food and water, everything else becomes less important to them. Their mind is focused on meeting these needs alone. When someone has been without nourishment or fluids for a long time, their desire becomes intense. In the same way, God is looking for children who passionately seek Him and pursue everything He has for them.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)
When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior we were filled with His righteousness. The key to receiving wisdom, holiness, and redemption is all found in Him. When you receive the Giver, you also get these gifts. This is true for any spiritual blessings you want from God!
For example, if we earnestly desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit, then we need to continually ask God to fill us afresh with His presence. The more we get to know the Holy Spirit, the more we will experience His gifts as we minister to others.
God not only wants us to know Him, but to earnestly chase after Him with all of our heart. We need to abandon our desire for everything else and seek only Him, as He spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah:
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)
Our hearts need to be completely focused on Him. Too many times we fill our lives with other distractions. We must learn to set aside everything else and refocus our attention on Him. If we long to know Him, we can experience His presence and power in our lives.
King David was a man after God’s heart. He knew how to seek God with his entire being. We can see his passion for God, particularly in the Psalms. For instance, he wrote:
“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2 NKJV)
David’s longing for God was to see the manifestation of His power and His glory. He wanted to experience God in a greater way than he had before. God is looking for this kind of person: someone who desires to know Him more than his need for food or water. He wants our spirits to desire Him so much that even our flesh begins to long for Him. Now that is spiritual hunger!
One of the sons of Korah also expressed his earnestness for God, when he wrote:
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2 NKJV)
The words of this Psalmist paint such a vivid picture of what it is like to earnestly thirst after God, like a deer yearning to drink from the cool brooks of water in the wilderness. He wanted to experience the living God, the only One who could satisfy the longing of his soul. It was the driving force that caused him to pursue God with all of his might and would keep him faithful to the Lord until his dying day.
As we read through the pages of the Bible, we can clearly see that the great men and women of God were passionate to know Him. They were willing to forsake everything else in their pursuit to have a deeper relationship with the One in whom they had put all their trust. We must follow their example if we want to experience His power and glory in our lives.
For many of us, it is easy to get caught up in seeking God’s blessings. We pray for help with our finances, health, and families. Some of us have a long list of items that we’ve asked of God. We feel perfectly justified in making such a list because He has promised to do so many things for us. God takes pleasure in blessing His children, but His greatest delight is in those who desire Him more than His blessings. When He alone becomes our greatest desire, then all of His blessings will follow!
You are holy, dear saint!
Can you think of ways you can seek God more than the needs you have in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]