60. What Do You Hunger For?

by May 13, 20242024

We aren’t hungry for God because we are satisfied with who we are. We haven’t acquired a good, clear picture of ourselves so that we recognize how empty, self-centered, and unrighteous we really are. The prophet Isaiah did have that encounter. He described the vision he had of seeing the Lord and his subsequent reaction is reflected in Isaiah 6:5. “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” (KJV). Isaiah later said in chapter 64 verse 6, that our righteousness is as filthy rags.

Job provides another example of one who saw himself clearly. At the end of the compelling account of his life, and after personally encountering the Lord, he says, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6, NIV).

Seeing Clearly

When we see God for who He really is, it puts us in awe of His Majesty and power. It also causes us to see our own unholiness and inadequacy. We must see this truth. For when we don’t, we will think of ourselves as being OK and without the need of saving or of a Savior. In short, when we think we’re OK, we don’t believe we need God. So, why aren’t we hungry? Because we don’t realize who He is or recognize what we are really like.

When we are blind to the truth of who God is and who we are, we more easily embrace distractions. When we are not in awe of God, we are content to focus our lives on lesser pursuits. But the truth is this: when our lives are filled with compelling distractions and lesser pursuits, we will be robbed of the experiences of better and more meaningful endeavors.

Attention Grabbers

We live in an age in which we are constantly surrounded by alternatives to paying attention to our Creator. Easily accessible to us is array of sub-standard, time-grabbing, mind-consuming, emotionally attractive, sexually appealing, athletically inspiring, and intellectually stimulating information and activities. It’s a buffet line of opportunities on which to place our attention other than on God.

Distractions aren’t necessarily bad in and of themselves. The beauty of art and nature, or the joy of watching or playing sports are healthy and needed aspects of our lives. They just require portion control, coupled with a continual awareness of our need for God. What I do believe is true is that the more involved we are in various interests, the harder it is to invest in our pursuit of God. When we recognize Him as Creator and Sovereign Lord, it is only reasonable and logical that we will want to use our passion and energy to get to know Him more. Like everything else in life, we excel at that to which we apply ourselves. If you spend little seeking after God, you’ll only get a little in return.

So, why aren’t we hungry for God? I believe our lives are so crowded with other interests that we make little time to seek Him. What would we recognize if we honestly assessed how we spend our hours? Too often, I think we’d be forced to admit that God doesn’t get much of our time or effort. And this “minimization” is reflected in the whole of our lives. It affects what we talk about with others, and what we read, if we are even reading at all. It affects what we listen to with our ears and see with our eyes. It determines what excites us.

Of Greatest Value

Here’s another truth: if we’re not enthusiastic about the Gospel message, then we’re not sufficiently valuing what God has done for us. We are in danger of de-valuing the death of His Son, Jesus, as the sacrifice for our own sinfulness. If reading that brings conviction, then I will have accomplished my goal in writing this blog. I believe we must all continually seek to clearly see and celebrate the free, but costly, gift of our salvation. And we must examine our hearts and lives to see if they reflect the same.

Friends, change begins when we have an accurate picture of ourselves before a holy God. Will you take a personal assessment of your degree of hunger for God today? Pray and ask God to show you if any adjustments need to be made, and if your hunger for God is lacking, ask Him to grow it.

I believe most of us would say we want to love God more. In fact, a great sign that the Spirit of God is working in you is when you are crying out to God to give you more of Himself! He is worthy of our attention, and to be our number one priority. He deserves our time, our attention, our finances, and most importantly, a heart that is undivided.

Lord, please help us all to cry out for more of You and to have hearts open to receive Your love. Help us to never stop wanting more of You!