There are many days that I "miss" lunch while at work. It's no big deal really. I eat a bowl of oatmeal most mornings, chased by a cup of coffee, then throughout the day, drink some water or soft drinks...
and I'm usually good until dinner in the evening.
Today, however, I am scheduled for an ultrasound, and the instructions were that I must fast for 6 hours. No problem again. I have fasted before for medical tests, or for my own personal reasons, even up to a few days....
I got this! Right? Ha!
I ate my usual oatmeal this morning. Drank my coffee. Stopped before the "fasting" time and got two steak biscuits, washed down with a smart water. Now, here it is 2:15 p.m., and I still have nearly two hours to wait on the procedure.......
and I. Am. Starving!
No food. No water. No candy, gum, mints. Nothing.
This shouldn't be this difficult...but it is. You know why? It's a mind thing. You see, we program our minds for certain things. We program our minds for sleep, activity, basic thought, and yes, even hunger. The fact that I "can't" eat or drink anything seems to be the catalyst requiring my mind to tell my GI parts that I am hungry.
Is spirituality much different? I think there is a lesson that can be learned from this "programmed" hunger. When we are able to walk in the light with Christ, freely going about in fellowship with Him, we tend to rely on our "programmed" feelings and desires. That actually can leave us very spiritually hungry in times that we find ourselves unable to spiritually partake in Christ (I.e., separation of sin keeps the sinner out of fellowship with Christ and God).
We don't necessarily program ourselves to "fast" spiritually from the goodness of The Lord, but, I think we often program ourselves to think that we are actually "filled up," not needing to be hungry or thirsty.
Jesus says it this way in the sermon on the mount:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You see, we sort of need to desire to be hungry and thirsty spiritually. We need this hunger and thirst so that we CAN be filled...not because we consume to satisfy our hunger and thirst.
Lord, it is my humble prayer that we ALL will hunger and thirst after You! And, that YOU will fill us!
How hungry are you for righteousness?