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This video is a bit juvenile, but is it not the case that we are often the victims of our own appetites?
How do you develop an appetite for the things of God?
As a guy, I think a lot about food. I really do. My wife says I can be in the middle of one meal and I start asking about the next meal. [I do harbor the thought that she is trying to starve me, but the evidence of such a conspiracy is greatly lacking. She could easily say to me, “You know. It just dawned on my that there are 30 pounds of you that I’m not legally married to!”]
We talk about, think about, what’s important to us. Job says, “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” (2312) Do I value and pursue God’s Word that seriously?
The Psalmist has much to say about becoming hungry for the Lord. Ever the realist, the Psalmist says that God satisfies the longing soul. And he fills the hungry soul. (107:9) It is quite possible to cover-over our hunger with the junk food of this world, don’t you think?
God is honored by our hunger for Him, and prepares a city for those who are hungry for Him to inhabit (Ps. 107:36).
Proverbs says that “the full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (27:7). One of my fears in life is making myself full with things other than the Lord.
Of Jesus it is said in Luke that He fills the hungry with good things, and the rich he sends away empty (1:53). How sad to think one is rich when one is actually empty.
I know that I need to learn the truth which Paul illustrates when he says, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Phil. 4:12).
1. What steps do you take to increase your appetite for God and the things of God?
2. What junk food (both literal and figurative) could you profitably get rid of for your own spiritual health?