What Are You Hungry For?

According to Rebecca Crump, this is actually a Cinnamon BUN. If you put this in front of me, I would not quibble about the name…

That’s a fairly easy question for me to answer. Because virtually any time, if you offered me a cinnamon roll–especially if it has pecans on it–I’d take it. ANY time…no matter when, no matter how long or short a time since I’d eaten.

Which makes it pretty obvious that sometimes my “hunger” is not really about an empty stomach.

Something else is empty.

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My friend Jon Swanson over at 300 Words a Day wrote about Satisfying Hunger recently. Here’s one of his observations (emphasis mine):

“What I am also learning is that I wasn’t just satisfying my hunger. Often, I eat because I don’t want to think. I don’t want to sit still and work through the idea or the tough email or the reflective self-examination or the quiet waiting before God.

“I think it’s why God said to Isaiah,

‘Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.’

That hunger that I think is for Snickers is actually a deeper hunger, in my soul rather than my stomach. I know full well that we need food. Because we are created with taste buds, I’m pretty sure we are designed to enjoy good food well. I also know that I spend money on snacks not good, time on words that don’t feed.”

Sometimes I find myself turning to computer solitaire, an impulse I’ve learned to equate with feeling out-of-control. A game of Freecell is something I can win by my own unaided effort…a fleeting satisfaction to be sure, but nonetheless…

In these days of seemingly endless bad news on local, national and world fronts, when the economic outlook is bleak and the actions of many seem absurd…we would all do well to examine our habits–eating, playing and otherwise. What am I doing which is not healthy or productive? Is it a harmless and momentary bit of pleasure or leisure activity? Or is it symptomatic of a soul-hunger which I could be filling in a much more satisfying manner?

wheat-stalk goodDo you want “the richest of fare”?

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)

“You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise You with songs of joy.” (Psalm 63:5)

“For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.”(Luke 12:23)

Jesus said to them, “My food is doing the will of Him who sent Me and finishing the work He has given Me.” (John 4:34)

My waistband tells me that I should certainly NOT be eating cinnamon rolls. And the Spirit of God tells me that I certainly SHOULD be feasting on His Word.

When I discovered Your words, I devoured them.
    They are my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear Your name,
    O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

That will make the daily news easier to digest, too.

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5 responses to “What Are You Hungry For?

  1. livinrightinpgh

    When the disciples couldn’t cast out a demon, but Jesus did, they asked him why they could not. His reply was: that power only comes through fasting and prayer. (Matthew, Chapter 17).

    Fasting (with prayer) is the expression of our hunger for The Lord, and is a powerful action that should be part of every Christian’s life. Deny the flesh and seek the spirit.

    There’s a great article on this at: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/exhortations/f-j/fastingandprayerbreakthrough.htm

  2. I just read a VERY powerful book that has changed my life. It’s called “The Adoption Movement.” I felt compelled to pray for someone who has become very dear to me, but who is also an atheist and has NO desire to change that. I asked a fellow tweep if he had any ideas on how I could incorporate the church’s teachings into praying for my friend, and he directed me to this book. It outlines God’s plan to leave some of the work of conversion and healing of lost souls to us humans and how we can “adopt” people who aren’t willing to accept God and pray/sacrifice for them. It has been the most incredibly powerful experience of my life and I feel so blessed and lucky to be able to intercede for such a beautiful soul who is just simply lost! All of this reminds me of what has been “filling my hunger” lately! 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Great inspiration, and Psalm 46:10
    “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…””
    Often works for me, to give me a new perspective.

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