Confession: When I’m hungry I’m not a nice person. If it’s past time for me to eat, I get cranky, easily irritated and have been known to have a meltdown (or several). I’m not at all proud of it and it’s definitely something I have to work on. As a result, I have to be intentional about eating throughout the day and packing snacks to tide me over in-between meals so I can keep it together.
To that end, I started thinking about how spiritual hunger manifests in our lives. Personally, when I’m disconnected from the Lord, I find myself getting depressed, anxious, fearful and entertaining a host of other emotions and behaviors that have no place in my life. As believer’s it’s our job to satisfy our spiritual hunger so that we can keep our spirit man full and in check. I love these Scripture references on how to deal with hunger:
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.
For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.
For whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.
I love how the Lord always fills us to overflowing in the places of our lives where we hunger. A thought that often rings in my mind is: “ You are as close to God as you desire to be and as far from Him as you choose to wander” One of the many great attributes of our Father is that he doesn’t force us to do anything, not even spend time in His presence in order to fill our soul with what we’ve been lacking. Just as we are careful to ensure that we properly feed our natural bodies, we should be just as diligent in ensuring that our spirits are satisfied.
In this day and age, there are so many things vying for our attention: social media, relationships, work, societal expectations, family etc. Personally, I find that my soul stays satisfied when I make it a point to regularly carve out time to spend with the Lord in: prayer, His word, listening to faith-based podcasts, receiving daily devotionals, and ensuring that I keep regular contact with friends in my community. In doing so, it sharpens me spiritually and makes me less prone to breakdowns and bad behavior.
- Ashley Hardwick