The Hunger Inside us

“God uses the pictures of physical food to point to universal spiritual hunger. Life is all about what we look to fill us.” (New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp, April 8)

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenants with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

The New International Version. (2011). (Is 55:1–7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Having a terminal illness or being in the midst of a crisis will often cause us to look inward and beyond ourselves.  For me, it has caused me to think about what really satisfies my soul. Food and things are evaluated in this process. These are things that satisfy us for a while.  I recently was blessed to be able to go to a Cubs game and watch from a suite. Man, all the food I could eat and then watch a baseball game. The food was great and the Cubbies won. I looked at the experience much differently this time. I can honestly say that the food and luxury of the suite did not overly excite me. Trust me, they were enjoyed greatly. What I was able to focus on was that I was with my son Matt and his beautiful wife Sarah. And to top it off, my three grandchildren, Bella, Ben and Robert. God blessed me with a good day physically and I was able to enjoy it with family.

How much do we try to satisfy our souls with things that do not last. God in the passage above is looking at filling our lives and satisfying our souls with Himself and the gifts he provides for us that are everlasting. Verse 2 of Isaiah 55 explains it well:  “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

So, why not “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (v.6)

Do you struggle with the same things? Again, you do not need a terminal illness to make these evaluations. Read the passage over and allow God to speak to your heart. Let me know what you think and if there is anything I can do to help you with in this process!!!

 

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