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.
“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?
“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.