Hunger Pains

Like our bodies, our souls need regular nourishment to function.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

I was in the zone…typing away without losing my train of thought, editing as I went, the plot moving along.

After a while, a slight wooziness washed over me. My stomach growled. I sighed, pushed back my chair, and snatched a protein bar. Quick, easy to eat, no cooking or mess to clean. I chomped as I typed. That staved off the hunger for a while, but the sensation returned within a few hours.

Isn’t this often true of our spiritual lives? We are in such a rush, our concentration focused on the “doing” mode. We forget that, like our bodies, our souls need regular nourishment to function. A deep hunger for God niggles us. At first, we ignore it, but it doesn’t go away.

But what to feed it? We flip through a few highlighted verses in our Bibles, scan our bookshelves filled with devotionals and inspirational guides, even stare at the Biblical saying plaques on our walls. Still, the deep aching isn’t quite satisfied. We need real God-time. And Sunday is days away.

To fully digest what we read, see, and hear, we need to take it to the Father and let his Spirit feed our faith. Truly absorb his truth the way our stomach takes in nutrients. That requires undisturbed prayer time.

Spend quality time with God today. Don’t snack as you keep on “doing.” Instead, sit down, relax, and devour the full-plated goodness God wishes to provide. That’s the full meal deal. Talk about soul food!

Lord, I hunger for your presence in my life. Let me not ignore the need to spend daily time with you. Fill me to the brim with your goodness, wisdom, and mercy. Let it sustain me as I go through my day. Amen.

Reflect on how you want to deepen your walk with God, and especially your time in his Word.

By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  Spiritual Oxygen: Are You Getting Enough?

How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit

•  Salvation Explained

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