Spiritual Hunger

April 29, 2008
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Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (NIV)

I've never been to the point in life that I did not have sufficient food to eat. However, I've been on enough diets to know the feel of hunger pains. One thing I've learned from these moments is that true hunger has no prejudice — all foods are equally tasty and satisfying when one is truly hungry.

There have also been times in my life when I've been spiritually hungry. The hunger in my soul is such an ache that I search desperately in God's Word and through prayer to quench it. Like the physical hunger, the spiritual hunger in our souls needs to be fed with the bread and water of life to be satisfied.

Contentment is not necessarily the sign of a healthy spiritual life. We need a spiritual appetite that challenges us to search and to move forward in pursuit of God's Word and His will for our lives. Spiritual hunger drives us to pray, to search the Bible, to listen to God's Word, and to open our hearts to the "Man at the well" who can give us living water that satisfies our soul.

John 4:13-14 – Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (NIV)

We should be thankful if we are spiritually hungry, for then we are motivated to search for spiritual food to satisfy this hunger. God will open our hearts, feed us with His daily bread and give us spiritual water so we will never thirst again. Through the example of Jesus Christ, we can find life abundantly.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the spiritual hunger and thirst that turns our hearts toward You. Your Son, Jesus Christ, has blazed the trail for us. Help us follow the guidebook of directions, the Bible, to a well-balanced spiritual meal. Amen.

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Ivie Bozeman <ivie@rose.net>
Thomasville, Georgia, USA

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