At a recent staff meeting, I was blessed to hear Rich Stepanek’s report on his latest trip to India. As often happens on international trips, Rich found a refreshing hunger to learn about creation and how it relates to the gospel message, and a welcome eagerness to sit and listen for many hours on end.
(I think it’s going to be hard for him to come back to the “reality” here in the States – rigid time constraints and the busyness that tugs and pulls on people’s willingness to devote more than a couple hours to come and learn.)
That’s not to say that there is no hunger here in the States, but we have so much and so many options to “feed on” that we often do not make very wise choices. Far too many people are “full,” but they don’t even know that they are “starving.” They are constantly running from one activity to another and from one fad to another. Information comes so fast and life becomes so hectic that they frantically grab quick bites of “junk food,” and never take time to savor the pure milk and meat of the Word.
Proverbs 27:7 says “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” How many of us have filled ourselves with bitter things to the point that we have no hunger for the sweet? Isaiah 55:2 says: “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”
Jesus is the Living Water and the Bread of Life. As we “feed” on Him through His Word and prayer, we will be satisfied. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Are you hungry today? Take time for a real meal. Spend some time savoring the Word and enjoying fellowship with the Lord. Hmmmm …. delicious!
Mary Jo Nutting