How to Stay Spiritually Hungry
How do I maintain my spiritual hunger for God the rest of my life? So that tomorrow I WANT to know God better than today. And next week I WANT to be closer to him than I am now. And next year I WANT to be even wiser and closer to God. How can God change the desires of my heart to want what he wants for my life? How do I maintain a spiritual appetite?
1. I remind myself how much God loves me.
We need to do this every day. We get up in the morning and say, “Lord, help me to remember how much you love me.” Because the more we understand how much God loves us, the more we’re going to love him.
I was talking to a guy one time and he said, “I don’t really feel close to God, but here’s the problem pastor – I don’t feel like I want to be close to God.” He said, “I guess my problem is I just don’t love Jesus enough.” I told him, “No, that’s not your problem. Your problem is not that you don’t love God enough. Your problem is you don’t understand how much he loves you. Because if you did you couldn’t help but love him.”
Ephesians 3:19-20 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
First you’ve got to know how much God loves you. Ask him, God, help me to feel how much you love me.
2. I stop filling up on junk food.
Stop filling up on spiritual junk food. We are spiritual beings with a God shaped hole in us, and only God can fill that hole in our heart.
When we try to fill it with salary or status or success or sex or passion, possession, position, power, prestige or anything other than God, it’s not going to be fulfilling.
Proverbs 15:14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
Maybe we need to take some trash out of our life. If we’re always thinking about something else instead of God, we’re not going to have any time for God. If I’m always thinking about my sport or my favorite team, I don’t have any hunger for God. If I’m always thinking about work or making money or anything, I don’t have any hunger for God because I’m feeding on other things.
Ever fill up on the appetizers before the big banquet and you’re not even hungry for the banquet? We’ve done this in a restaurant where we fill up on chips and salsa or bread and butter before the real meal gets there. Then we’re not hungry.
We are a nation of people who are spiritually starving to death, because we’re eating junk food spiritually. It has no nutritional value. Our stomachs may be full and they may be temporarily satisfied but we’re starving to death.
I want to ask you that question right now. What are you hungry for? Because whatever you’re hungry for is determining the destiny of your life.
3. I make knowing God my number one goal.
This is how you maintain a spiritual hunger. You make knowing God your number one goal in life. Not success. Not happiness. You seek God not those things. Those are the byproducts. Happiness is a byproduct of knowing God.
In the Psalms David says:
Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
He wrote this in the desert of Judah. Some of you are going through the desert right now. You’re in a desert in your marriage; it’s all dried up. You’re in desert in your career; it’s all dried up. You’re in a desert in a relationship. You’re in a desert financially; it’s all dried up. What do you do when you’re in the desert? You hunger and thirst for God, because he can fill you.
Matthew 6:33 (Jesus) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Make knowing God the number one goal.
4. I get into God’s Word every day.
Get into God’s Word every day. This book, the Bible, is your soul food. It’s food for your soul. The Bible calls itself bread. The Word of God is food.
1 Peter 2 “You must crave the pure spiritual milk [of the Word] so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment like a baby cries for milk!”
Eating a meal once a week won’t keep you healthy. You need to feed on the truth every day.