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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hunger for the Lord in the New Year

Deuteronomy 8:3  (ESV)
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Please consider the following two scenarios:

Scenario 1: You have snacked all day and you feel like you have just swallowed a whale. The thought of food makes you totally nauseous, but you've been invited to a banquet.

Scenario 2: You had a rough day at work. You got away from home without breakfast, and once at work, you were so busy that you didn't have time to eat lunch either. You feel completely depleted of energy. When you finally arrive home it is 8 P.M. You smell something yummy. Your beloved spouse has prepared a simple meal just for you.

Which scenario would be the most appealing to you?

The hungry will be satisfied, but what about those who have never experienced hunger? Do they truly know what "satisfied" means? What about those who are completely devoid of spiritual hunger? Is it any wonder that most Pharisees and Sadducees could not tolerate Jesus' presence?

What if we think we have it made in every aspect of our lives? We may think we are completely filled, but maybe, just maybe, we have been nourished by inferior nutrients, ones that make us feel full, but also blind us from our real condition.

If we don't have a natural hunger for God, we will miss the boat! If we want to truly feel "satisfied", hunger is a necessity!

Are we truly hungry?

The hungry will be satisfied. May we enter this New Year with a hunger for God. Only then will we be become truly "satisfied". May this be our New Year's resolution.

Dear Lord, help us as we enter the New Year to have a real hunger for You. Give us the opportunity to share Your love with those around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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