“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6
“We have little hunger for God.”
When I read that quote I was a little indignant and thought it was wrong. I do have a hunger for God. I have been making a lot of behavior changes lately because I do have a hunger for God. But when I really think about it… Yeah. I see the truth in that. I have been acutely aware lately of my physical body and what I am putting into it and how often. I eat a minimum of three times a day, and too much of that is junk. So, how am I feeding myself spiritually?
I have been having more regular quiet times. I take 20 minutes to sit down with my Bible and I journal out what it says to me and how I should apply it to my life. I get that done almost every day. Almost. If I don’t forget. If I’m not too busy. I feed my body better than that.
I have been reading more books with a spiritual influence. It might be a book of Christian fiction or a book about living a stronger Christian life. Unless there is something on television I would rather watch. I snack more than that on real food.
I have been putting a greater emphasis on prayer in my life lately. I notice I always pray more when things are going poorly or if I want something… IS this how it is supposed to be?
When I look at all of these things together I am forced to see that I am not looking for opportunities to feed myself in the righteousness of God like I feed my gut. If my spiritual diet were to replace my physical one I would be a withered husk. Maybe that is why I feel that way spiritually sometimes.
So, what is a person to do about this? Can I do enough? I’m not sure I can ever do enough in this, but I know that I need to do more. I think fasting might need to become something I need to adopt as a spiritual discipline in my life. I know, I was raised a Baptist, and that is almost like saying that Satan is misunderstood, but that would put a greater focus on my spiritual feeding by denying my physical desire.
If nothing else, I need to take a more disciplined approach at feeding myself at God’s table. I want to be satisfied as only He can fill me.