Most of the time, when we feel hunger pangs, we know we need to go to the pantry or the fridge to feed ourselves. Often, though, in the busyness of life it’s not difficult to forget to meet one of our own basic needs, either because we don’t feel hungry or we’re busy ignoring the hunger and accomplishing other things. But this just results in us trying to deal with life physically unequipped.
Sometimes Bible reading is a habit, but like eating, sometimes life circumstances overwhelm us and we need to be reminded of our need to fill up and fuel ourselves for life.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Jesus tells us in Matthew 5.
He promises that He will fill and satisfy us when we are hungering after righteousness, which is only found in Him.
So with Psalm 119, we can pray, “Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!” (v. 40)
“Your testimonies are righteous forever;
give me understanding that I may live.” (v. 144)
“Consider how I love your precepts!
Give me life according to your steadfast love.
The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” (v. 159-160)
Jesus says to us, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
We ask for understanding of Him, for life in His name, for His righteousness so that we can live! Every one of us comes to Christ with the same need, and every one of us is promised that when we come to Him, we will be filled.
If you’re struggling to feel your need, ask for the awareness.
Ask God to give you the hunger and the determination to seek Him in his word.
Come to Christ, ask Him to fill you and He will satisfy you. Trust him and take him at his word.
This first appeared as a devotional on the Women Encouraged podcast which you can listen to on iTunes. The shownotes and information are available on the Women Encouraged website here.
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