How do we become hungry for God? I think it’s partly God’s gift, and partly our choice. Recently God has made it very easy for me to pray because he has visited me with amazing power and regularity. I am swimming in a sea of revelation. I see it as mostly God’s doing. God is taking some big steps towards me these days, and I am trying to keep stepping towards him. The result is wonderful and also challenging. He is calling me to make a career of seeking him. But that’s where the action is. I feel like this is a season of great opportunity for anyone who will step towards him.
I find that it’s very easy to become satiated and satisfied with all kinds of things and activities that are NOT God. Many of those things are good. But if I fill myself up with entertainment, recreation and taking care of my possessions, I have a very shallow life. So, we have to put aside the good stuff to get the best—God himself.
I think when Jesus said, “I am the bread of Life, come to me and drink” and “I am the living water, come to me and drink,” it was the real deal. We can actually get sustenance and the satisfaction of an intimate relationship with the God who is love. But there are so many inferior substitutes available in this era of great wealth and super advance technology.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Doing God’s will feeds us. We know our lives have meaning when we do God’s work. That is very fulfilling.
Our hunger can be satisfied with nearness to God, just as the Psalmist who wrote these words: I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you (Psalm 63:4,5).