“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” – John 6:51 (NIV).
Hunger is often associated with satisfying our natural cravings, but most particularly once we feel empty and have this longing to satisfy the desire. If you are hungry for food the body will scream for those nutrients it needs to drive it. If you deny your body the food it needs the end results may be catastrophic. Denied of food and water that gives it energy, the body may whither and ultimately lead to death as the organs shut down. Who is that person who can cause himself to be just hungry unless for a specific purpose!
Just as our bodies can get hungry for food and thirsty for water, so too, is our spirit man, can be hungry for desire to be filled with the things of God! Jesus said, ‘Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (2 Peter 2:2-3). And once when confronted by Satan after a 40 day fast, he pushed him off with, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mathew 4:4).
Once our bodies become hungry we become restless until we find something to eat! But just then, our spirit man can also become hungry, causing us to be spiritually restless, and we should not hesitate to feed the spirit in us of the things of the Lord. When a body is starved after it is fed with food there is a sweat sensation and calmness returns. Just as well, when we feed our empty spirit with God’s word and praises, the Holy Spirit in us is pleased and there is a calmness that returns.
One thing with hunger it can’t be forced on one. It is you who can only feel it deep inside you. The Apostle Paul tells us, “Do not quench the Spirit” (I Thessolonian 5:19), meaning once hungry for the Lord we should not hesitate to fill our spirit!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am hungry for you may I be filled with your spirit to be energised in yoir service, this I pray in Jesus name!