Hungry Again

   No one likes to be hungry but it is a worldwide problem. In the USA, though parts of our population wrestle with hunger we by and large are
very affluent by the standards of this world. We are so affluent that we have to have diets to help us reverse the effects of the over consumption of  
calories. However, this world as a whole lacks sufficient food. I am told that entire races of people have disappeared from the face of the earth as the result of famine.
     What is true in the natural world is also paralleled in the spiritual world . 
Church history shows that generations of people have lacked sufficient spiritual food. The Prophet Amos, an older contemporary of Hosea and Isaiah, prophesying around 750 BCE, wrote and said “behold, the days come, saith The Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and for to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it ” (Amos 8:11-12).
    It is difficult to picture a spiritual famine in America since we have 350,000 churches, Christian radio and television stations. No country in the world has more Christian bookstores as does the USA. Christian music and books are available in abundance. Still, the profusion of food has not prevented starvation. There must also be a willingness to gather, prepare and consume the food before it is of any value. 
    When Israel first came out of Egypt, God deliberately let them experience natural hunger to teach them spiritual lessons. Moses would write: ” He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna …that He might make thee know that man doth not live but bread 
only, but by every word that proceedeth  out of the mouth of the LORD doth man  live,”  (Deuteronomy 8:3).
    God had to teach a generation of people to look to Him  as their source of supply, for  they had been slaves in Egypt  and only had known the government as their source of supply. It is a lesson God has to teach this present generation too
      God will let people hunger until we are willing to eat His provisions. It is His way of creating an appetite for a new set of values. He will do this with all of us when our spiritual appetites have become accustomed to the 
flavor of the world. To all who are spiritually hungry God says, ” Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled,” (Mt 5:6). In that same vein , Jesus said,”blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall get filled” (Lk 15: 17-18).
       When we come to God, hungry again because we have been feasting on to much of the things of the world we will get this response: “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God ” (Rom 19:17), God will tell us to satisfy our spiritual hunger by ingesting (speaking metaphorically), 
the Word of The Lord . It will bring our spiritual lives back to normal. Jesus said it this way: “I am the bread of life, he that cometh  to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth  in me shall never thirst” (Jn 6:35). 
         So when I cone again because I am hungry I know the direction God will give:  “as a  child cones to the table to eat so you eat  of the good Word of The Lord and you will be filled, but keep feeding from the Word of God  both it’s milk (1 Peter 2:2) and it’s neat (Heb 5:14)..
         The great banquets of the past will not satisfy the hunger of the present moment. That is why I and believers come repeatedly into the presence of the Lord an say “It is me again Lord, I am hungry. ” Then  the Lord will refer us to His Word to be filled, but we must continue to return for more banqueting if we will both strengthen preserve our spiritual life.

(See Judson Cornwall. “It’s Me Again, Lord”)

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