"Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land." (Gen 12:10)What do we do when we are hungry? We go eat food. What do we do when we are so hungry that the land we live in does not have any food that we need? We go in search of food, even if it means leaving familiar territory. What can force a person to go beyond familiar grounds? The Scriptures record the famine as very severe. It is a grim situation that demands serious planning and action.
At certain times of our lives, we too experience spiritual hunger and famine. Sometimes, when we are in such a state, even our regular spiritual 'gas stations' (like Sunday services, own Bible reading, prayer etc) are not able to fill our ravenous tank. We may surround ourselves up with sermons but remain unfulfilled. We may inject additives such as Christian books or self-help spiritual programs, but temporary measures do not last. Some people complain about the lack of feeding by the organization's shepherds and leaders. Others lament that whatever spiritual food dished out does not even whet one's appetite. The end result can be depressing. No solid food each week. Unappetizing and too plain for any enjoyment. So some people leave for supposedly 'greener' pastures. Before we come to any quick conclusions about the nature of one's spiritual hunger, it is good to ponder upon the following questions.
- What has changed? Our usual provider of food, or our changing appetites?
- Is our spiritual condition triggered by any single event?
- What if our current 'spiritual hunger' is in itself a gift?
- BE THANKFUL
- When we feel our clothes getting tighter around us, for it means we have been eating well;
- When we are able to complain, be thankful for it means we have freedom of speech;
- When we wake up in the morning, be thankful that we have the gift of sleep;
- When we come back seeing our children watching TV or playing computer games, be thankful that they are not loitering about on the streets;
- When we experience disappointment in worldly life, be thankful because it reminds us our hope is not of this world;
- When we pay taxes, be thankful because it means we have a job.
- When we experience spiritual hunger, be thankful for it is a means to desire more of God.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matt 5:6)