Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hungry for God - Martin Wiles

Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! Isaiah 64:1 NLT

“You’re like a chipmunk.” A work associate was the first to say this, but others had implied it with various comments. And I do stay hungry most of the time. At any given time, you may see me walking or sitting around with something in my mouth. My wife blames my incessant eating on a tapeworm. I’ve never been tested, but my appetite and weight maintenance make me a perfect candidate. 

Until I reached my late thirties, I could eat as much as I wanted and never worry about the number on the scale rising. Then things changed. I still eat often, but the amounts are smaller because the number on the scales will rise if I don’t. 

Unfortunately, much of what I hunger for isn’t always healthy: Little Debbie snack cakes, fried foods, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, potato chips. If I hungered more for the healthier foods, the scales might remain steady…or move in the opposite direction.

Isaiah hungered for his people to turn back to God. He didn’t want to see them taken into captivity as punishment for their sins. He also hungered for God to act by righting the wrongs he witnessed around him. He hungered for the right things…godly things. 

What I hunger for reveals my life philosophy, much like the foods I hanker after. When I crave—and eat, the wrong types of food, the chances of me having health related issues increase. If I hanker for the wrong things in life—things not in God’s will, my spiritual health will suffer. I’ll miss opportunities God sends and make decisions that will take me down paths outside of his plan. 

When I hunger for God, I’ll seek him. Through prayer and worship, I’ll hunger for him to speak. My prayer will be, “God, show me the right decisions to make,” or “God, how do you want me to use the gifts you’ve given me?” 

Are you hungering for more of God in your life?

Prayer: Father, we long for Your presence to fill our souls so we’ll never hunger for anything else as a substitute.

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