Hungry for God


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

It is said that a human can live three minutes without oxygen, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Omitted from this formula is spiritual deprivation: How long can a human survive spiritually and emotionally without spiritual nourishment based on divine truth?

The point is that there is such a thing as spiritual hunger. For instance, a Pharisee named Nicodemus was hungry to know the spiritual meaning of Jesus’ teachings. So, he risked his position and reputation by visiting Jesus under the cloak of darkness lest his hunger be discovered by the self-satisfied around him. He was hungry for truth. On another occasion, Jesus suggested that a willingness to seek the truth was the key to finding it (John 7:17)—and not all are that hungry. He taught in parables to separate the hungry from the satisfied (Matthew 13:10-11). And Hebrews 11:6 (along with Matthew 5:6) promises that the spiritually hungry will be filled.

Don’t go through life spiritually hungry. Seek God and His nourishment through prayer, worship, and His Word. And you will be filled.

Flowers are well enough, but hungry souls prefer bread.
Charles H. Spurgeon

 

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