Hunger is Real


So you want some pizza?

I stopped over at TRM after church to buy a small snack for my small sister. We ordered a small sized pizza from Pizza Planet and then sat on some chairs in the food court and waited for the waiters to pack the it for take away.

As we waited for the pizza, my sister got really agitated. You see she was hungry as hell. It was way past the time she is accustomed to eating lunch and I don’t think she could wait any longer. She even at some point went to ask the waiter who initially took our order why the pizza was taking that long.

It then hit me, she was hungry and her hunger was real. For a split second the obvious seemed more obvious. The only thing she was probably thinking of at that time is, “How will I sort out my stomach? Because I am hungry.”

David’s Desire

This is what the psalmist was talking about in Psalm 63:1.

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.

As our body hungers for food and thirsts for water in like manner we long for God. Our physical hunger and thirst for drink mirror what our soul longs for. “My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You.” This is the state of our hearts. We are designed to be satisfied by God alone. We are designed to hunger and thirst for God.

Hunger is Real

Our desire for God is as real as the desire we have for food. We should be careful of times when our fleshly desires lie to us that their satisfaction will be permanent, lasting and completing. From Psalm 63:1, the Psalmist is in a dry and thirsty land but he only seems conscious of his longing for God. This shows us that the most important desire we have is the desire for God. When our desire for God is brought alongside the other desires, desires as basic as thirst and hunger, they seem negligible and almost non-existent.

Satisfaction is Real

I see that Jesus can meet and satisfy the achings of my heart. I struggle to write this paragraph knowing how many times I have settled for the lies that other momentary pleasures offer.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 (NKJV)

I hear Jesus saying, “Come to me. Believe in me.” I think this is one of those statements that require our obedience and understanding of what it really means comes as we obey.


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