At the end … he was hungry
Today I want us to focus on the word hunger and view it as a state of vulnerability. Hunger is a feeling of discomfort, weakness and at times pain associated with the prolonged lack of food. It’s accompanied with the strong desire to eat. There is a second kind of hunger associated with our emotional needs and desires. Lacking emotional fulfillment causes great distress and ultimately weakens our spirit and body. So what do we hunger for? We can classify our appetite in 3 main categories:
·Physical Needs – The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread". Lk4:3
·Worldly honor (Social Recognition)/Materialism – The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours". Lk4:5-7
·Spiritual/Emotional fulfillment - The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone".Lk4:9-11
Hunger is what drives us to do things (Pr16:26). Under normal circumstances it’s a force that helps us stay motivated, improve our lives, and achieve great things. However if not balanced it can lead us into destructive behaviors (Pr23:35). The word of God warns us that when our eyes are focused on something else other than Him hunger is never satisfied and it keeps our minds fixed on earthly things (Ecc 6:7, Php3:19).
Making it personal:
Next time we will continue our journey and learn from the scripture how to stay firm and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus despite of the hunger pain. Until then I would like us to take some time to prayerfully and honestly answer the following questions:
·Are you in distress?
·What are you hungry for?
·What do you do to satisfying your appetite?
·Have you shared with the Lord your struggle?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace you bestow every day on me and my family. Thank you for giving your only son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to pay off the unthinkable price, so I can spend eternity with you. Father in the next few days please open my eyes, reveal to me the truth about the hunger/s of my soul. Holy Spirit, minister to me, so I can face the truth in faith. I so want to live a life that is honorable and pleasing to you, my Lord, please help me to overcome this struggle and praise your holy name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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