Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Why hunger and thirst?

Food is basic to our existence and is part of our daily routine. Why did God design life so that man needs food to sustain his own life? God could have created man without the necessity of food. Why hunger and why thirst? John Piper gives a good explanation: "God created bread so that we would have some idea of what the Son of God is like when he says, 'I am the bread of life' (John 6:35). The rhythm of thirst and satisfaction gives us the idea of what Christ means when He says, 'He who believes in me will never thirst' (John 6:35)."
The next time you are starving because you missed a meal or two, or three, think about the Lord and His Word. Do you hunger for the Lord and His Word just as you do for the food? Sometimes when we haven't eaten, what dwells inside us can surface quickly such as anger, pride, bitterness, sorrow, jealousy, etc. Our hunger dictates our direction in life literally and spiritually. Our hunger for His Word can be suppressed by the cares of this world. We may substitute the things in this world, even the gifts from God, in place of God. C.S. Lewis quotes, "The more you walk with Christ, the hungrier you get for Christ, the more homesick you get for heaven, the more you want all the fullness of God...". If we focus on the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ and the Gospel daily, we will be satisfied. Piper quotes,"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him". "What we hunger for most, we worship."

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