Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Hunger is something we experience every day and a quick meal can make it go away. If we binge, we can keep hunger at bay for a little longer. In the very same way, when we feed ourselves with distractions or become consumed with things of the world, it will affect our spiritual hunger.
What does spiritual hunger feel like? How do you feed it?
In the natural, we tend to keep our need for food satisfied. In fact, more often than not, we tend to feed ourselves even before we feel the pangs of hunger. Once fed, our appetite subsides and we do our best to not let our bodies become hungry again. And in the natural, when we feed our bodies with too much food, we usually feel sluggish.
The opposite is true when we hunger for God.
Unlike what we experience in the physical, the more we feed ourselves with God, the more we will yearn for more of Him. But this is where something amazing happens:
When our spiritual appetite continues to increase, that’s when our soul will be truly nourished.
The more hungry you are for God, the more full your soul becomes.
A hunger for God is something we NEED to pursue so we can maintain that continuous desire for more of God. Spiritual hunger can only be fed with the Word of God and the continual infilling of the Holy Spirit by soaking in His presence.
Being still with God feeds our soul.
A soul that is always filled with God’s Word will also always overflow with God’s goodness.
But too often, we allow our lives to get in the way. We allow sin or unbelief to dull our desire for God; these are the two main ingredients that can usually diminish our hunger for Him.
Psalm 34:8 encourages us to “taste and see that the Lord is good”
How do we taste God’s goodness? The same way we taste anything; we allow ourselves to take Him in – through prayer, being still in His Presence, worship, studying His Word – in any way we can experience Him.
The pursuit of God is unending because the more you taste of His Presence, the more you will yearn for Him.
John 15:4-5 TPT says: ” For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine. I am the sprouting Vine and you’re My branches. As you live in union with Me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you, but when you live separated from Me you are powerless.”
When we live each day fed and led by His Word, and abiding in His Presence, we become “intimately joined” to God.
Our union with God, by feeding ourselves with Him and His Word, will ultimately produce fruits. It is through our intimacy with Jesus and our hunger for Him, The Vine, that we can be fed with the “fruits of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” – Galatians 5:22-23.
This means to live each day fully surrendered to Him and resting in His guidance. It means living each day hungry and yet fulfilled because The Vine gives us all the nourishment we need.