There is an interesting verse in Ecclesiastes 6 and verse 7. The Message translation readslike this, “We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry”. I realize that not only do men do all they can to satisfy their appetites, so does Hell. Solomon had this to say about this, “Hell has a voracious appetite, and lust just never quits”. You will find this in Proverbs 27:20 Adam and Eve bumped into this problem in the very beginning, Flesh lusted for what the Eye saw and Pride just could not say no, to the voracious appetite that was in man as far back as Eden.
Where did their feet take Adam and Eve? Their feet took them to the forbidden and the overpowering desire for what God had restricted became the broad path to destruction. Even though they were created to bring pleasure to God their creator, free will became their stumbling block. Why did God create us with freedom of choice? He created us with freedom of choice because true love is not manipulated or mechanical it is what we choose. We were not created to be like robots or puppets, which had no ability to make our own choices but free moral agents who can make their own decisions concerning
right and wrong.
As I set down to write this Hunger was my most prevalent consideration. World Hunger has always been something that we all should be concerned about. As a college student I was introduced to theories about the population explosion and the pressing need to understand that people would die of starvation because of the increase of inhabitants of nations. As I have read through the scriptures I have noticed, the Bible addresses Natural Physical Hunger and Spiritual Hunger. Could it be that the Lord has created us in such a manner that our physical hunger of worldly and perishable things would be used to direct our affections deeper, for the Eternal.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”. You can read this in context of Matthew 5:6. Jesus emphasizes the point on several occasions, especially in Johns Gospel chapter 6:35: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst”. The Book of Revelations chapter 3 speaks of our being invited to a great supper to eat with all those who have followed Him.
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” Doctor Luke wrote this in chapter 6 verse 35, as encouragement to eat what was on God’s menu.
In God’ Word you will find man was not left in the dark regarding this subject. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
In Matthew Chapter 4 In the wilderness temptation of Christ you will find that the first temptation the devil came at Jesus with was his appetite and Jesus resisted with these words.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
As you can see our Hunger for God will always help us overcome our appetite for the desires of our flesh.
In this simple study we can see the need for a Hunger and Thirst for God. It is in this we also realize the truth of,
“WHERE OUR FEET TAKE US THAT IS WHO WE ARE”. IN THE MONTH OF JULY LET YOUR FEET TAKE YOU UNDER THE BIG TOP.
“HE HAS A TABLE PREPARED FOR YOU IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR
We love you and can’t wait to see you under the tent!
Pastor Cleddie Keith